6 Areas To Focus On When Spring Cleaning Your Life
April 5th, 2021 at 7:58 am
We may not experience the cool breeze of spring in Malaysia, but we could always do with some good old-fashioned spring cleaning! Spring cleaning involves heavy duty cleaning and organising one’s home, but it can also be applied to our personal lives – clearing out the mental and physical blockages that are preventing us from being our best selves.
We tend to hold onto things that we know are bad for us, like grudges and unhealthy habits, because as taxing as they are, the familiarity of these negative emotions and behaviours provide us with an unlikely comfort. To overcome this fear of letting go, we must remind ourselves that it will allow exciting new ideas and opportunities to enter our lives.
Start looking into these areas of your life and remove what no longer serves you:
- Your physical space
Begin by decluttering your surroundings – your bedroom, wardrobe, desk. This clutter is one of the ways we overwhelm ourselves with things that don’t matter. Work is stressful enough, but a messy workplace, with stacks of paper covering our desks, will just add to our anxiety. Try these cleaning tips if you don’t where to start.
- Your body
Have you been filling your body with nutrients? Notice what gives you energy and cut out what makes you feel bad (bloated, uncomfortable). Revise your workout routine if it’s been too hard to follow and set smaller, more achievable fitness goals instead. If lack of rest and sleep has been affecting your wellbeing, here’s how you can improve your bedtime habits.
- Your digital devices
Unfollow, block, do what you need to do to create a safe and comfortable space for yourself online – it is where we spend most of our time. Go through your email accounts and unsubscribe from overwhelming newsletters, reduce the clutter on your desktop by deleting and organising your files – these also count as your workspace, so clear out any unnecessary stress and anxiety.
- Your mind
Release! Write down all your bad habits, negative thoughts you have about yourself and others, unhealthy attachments you have to people and things, and work on letting them go. It’s easier said than done, but by acknowledging your toxic and draining thoughts, it will make it easier for you to recognise and stop them.
- Your finances
Review your finances and see what costs you can reduce or remove, such as memberships and subscriptions, and what debts you can pay off. Get into the habit of tracking your spending daily with these steps. Money can cause a lot of stress and anxiety, so make sure you have a financial self-care routine as well.
- Your relationships
It’s easier to distance yourself from people online, but if a family member or colleague is bringing negativity into your life, set boundaries to protect your mental space. You can learn more about implementing boundaries here. It’s normal to outgrow people, like your best friends from high school, but make sure your current relationships encourage you to keep growing into a happier, healthier person.
See spring cleaning as an annual update rather than a chore. We are constantly changing and evolving, so it’s important to remind ourselves of what really matters to us now. It may not be the same as last year, and may be different next year, but it’ll provide you with the clarity and direction needed to live a happier, more fulfilling life!
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