Spring is here and it’s time for spring cleaning! Tidying up your space, cleansing the old, and refreshing your surroundings are an exciting part of this new season. However, we think there should be more to the undertaking than closet cleaning and breaking out the DustBuster. This Spring, focus on not only cleaning your space, but also your headspace. This means organizing your mind, cleansing the negative, and making room for the positive.
The first thing to dump in the trash is your supply of self criticism. We all struggle at times with negative self-talk, anxiety and self-doubt. Being self-critical can be very difficult to shake, and the brain will frequently try and play tricks about our measure and self-worth. But to help rationalize your thoughts, ask yourself this: “would I let someone else be as mean to myself or a loved one as I am to myself??”. The answer is likely no. Learn to cut yourself a break, and practice self-love and positive self-talk. Think of all the positive ways you could redirect all that brainpower!
Next, it’s time to toss grudges and judgment. How much mental energy do you waste on thinking about others? How they wronged you?? What they might think of you?? That thing they did seven years ago?? It’s time to LET GO, MOVE FORWARD and give your headspace a good cleanse of old grudges.
Next on the agenda: time to address those nagging regrets. Rather than aim to live a life without regret, it’s time to understand your regrets and learn. As Kathryn Schulz tells us, “we need to learn to love the flawed, imperfect things that we create and to forgive ourselves for creating them. Regret doesn’t remind us that we did badly. It reminds us that we know we can do better”.
So, this Spring, alongside your brooms and mops, pull out some other tools and clean up your headspace. These tools might be mindfulness, goal-setting, exercising, meditating, or others. However you tackle the chore, clean out your mind and make room for the new!