Spring cleaning is back! Living in the northern hemisphere, we are blessed with obvious changes in season. The shift in season and energy is a great time to naturally cleanse our minds, bodies and spirits.
In fact, spring is the perfect time to rejuvenate our minds, body and spirit and leave us feeling fresh to tackle what’s next in our lives.
Whether you’re a virtual assistant juggling a dozen clients, an entrepreneur running your business solo from dawn to dusk or anything in between, you need to ensure you are refreshed as the seasons change.
Here are a few tips to get you started on your spring clean, which will not only improve your life but will improve your working environment and work ethic, too.
Start with the micro and work out to the macro. What does that mean? Let me explain.
The micro is the smallest piece of your environment. I like to start with the bedroom. It’s where I start and end my days, so I see it as the micro of my environment.
- Is it cozy?
- Do you get a good sleep?
- Is it clean?
- Do you make your bed every morning?
From there, start zooming out. The next area would be your home, then your block, then neighbourhood, then city… you get the picture.
Keep zooming out and asking yourself questions that help you understand if it’s a good fit for you and what you want in life.
A cluttered home (or office) leads to a cluttered mind.
Everything around us carries energy with it. Gifts from past lovers, awards from childhood, books piling up on your desk. Every time you look at these items, a part of that old relationship is with you.
Perhaps looking at your hockey award from high school subconsciously affects you. You look at it and wonder if you’ll ever be VIP in anything in life again. It’s an instant downer and keeps you stuck in the past.
What about that book that’s collecting dust on your desk, half read? Does it remind you that you never finish what you start? Once again, it’s draining your energy.
The things you have in your house and office should inspire you, keep you present and feel good to look at. A single piece of beautiful art, a photo of your current partner and the book your currently committed to finishing would be good things to have in your space.
Your attitude could also be called the posture in which you carry yourself.
From a business perspective, cultivating a ‘CAN DO’ attitude is one that will get you far in life. Couple that with willingness and courage and you’ve got a recipe for success.
On the other hand, if you’re consistently feeling like life is happening to you and like a victim of circumstance, it’s going to be much harder to get anywhere other than where you are (and possibly worse).
Our attitude shapes our world (quite literally), and it’s a good idea to routinely check in and see where you are. Is there a simple mindset shift that you could make that would be a game changer?
When it comes to cleansing our bodies, the organ to focus on is our liver. We’ve spent the winter months eating heavier foods and many of us consuming more alcohol with the holidays.
Cleansing the liver can help you shed excess weight, boost your energy and experience pain relief.
Some of the benefits of a liver cleanse include less inflammation, balance hormones, clears out mucous which helps to alleviate allergy symptoms, immune system boost and less cravings for the foods that are hard on our livers.
Spring brings forth greens rich in enzymes that help flush out toxins.
This category is so incredibly important. We were born to move, not to sit idle in our desks.
There are so many options for movement these days such as various physical yoga practices, primal movement classes and obviously dance. Dance has been a part of human cultural for all of modern history. Dance is used to connect with our selves, with our communities and with spirit.
If you are in a major metropolitan area, then ecstatic dance has likely made its way somewhere near you. If you want to experience freedom and connection on a whole new level, then definitely give it a try.
What are you putting on your body? Is it helping or harming you? Did you know that most conventional makeup found at your local drug store is full of toxins that are going to be adding to your body’s overall toxin load.
Most makeup, soaps, shampoo, conditioner, body lotions and deodorants are full of harmful ingredients. It can be overwhelming to begin this process so I suggest starting with the products you use daily such as deodorant, hand soap and shampoo.
This category could cover a huge area, so to keep it simple, if it goes in or on your body make sure it’s toxin free.
Get yourself a nice notebook and get in the habit of journaling. If you’re new to it, start with writing down a few things you’re grateful for and something you learned. This is a good starting place to develop the habit.
Once you get rolling, you can continue adding prompts. Here are a few examples to give you the idea.
- Something I could have done better today was…
- Someone I enjoyed connecting with today is…
- The dominant emotions I felt today were…
- A situation I handles really well today was…
When you’re upset, do you find yourself breathing deeply? That’s your body working to regulate itself. Breath is powerful and can be used intentionally.
When we are stressed out, we tend to take shorter breaths. This is sending a fight or flight message to the brain. If we make conscious efforts to slow down our breaths and deepen them during times of stress, we send the signal to the brain that everything is ok. We aren’t in a life or death situation (even though it may feel like it momentarily, like before you go on stage).
Do some exploration on the different types of breath work and their benefits. If you haven’t explored breath, it will likely open up a whole new world for you.
Meditation or Prayer
Depending on your spiritual beliefs, this may look a little different. The essence here is to deepen your connection with a power greater than yourself.
When we practice emptying ourselves, we become receptacles for Truth. Spring is a great time to get back into meditation, the sun is up earlier, it’s getting warmer and the air has a freshness and aliveness to it.
We’ve covered some very basic and effective strategies to clean, clear and cleanse our minds, bodies and spirits this spring – making us better prepared for whatever comes our way.
If taking on everything above seems like too much, then start with one or two new or improved practices. Once those become habit, you can continue stacking more habits slow and steady. Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? Well, the same principals apply here (except of course we’re not racing each other).