With spring just around the corner, you might be getting that itch to dust the furniture, clear the cobwebs, and get everything fresh after a long winter. Did you know you can do the same thing for your brain? Try these 5 tips to spring clean your mind for better mental health.
Unplug for a day
Turn off the phone, refuse to check Facebook, and ignore your email notifications. Just for a day. Give yourself a chance to relax, reconnect with the internal, and be present in the moment. Enjoy a good book, dig in the garden, or get together with friends.
Choose your media
Didn’t that feel great? After your 24-hour media embargo, take a look at how you use media, and what things you wouldn’t mind losing permanently. Studies have shown that exposure to negative media elevates stress levels, and nobody needs more of that in their lives. Choose only positive media that serves a useful purpose in your life, and lose the rest.
Clear out the clutter
Just like clearing out physical clutter in the house or garage, you can clear mental and emotional clutter from your brain. Take care of a task that’s been weighing on you, let go of a bad relationship, and experience how much lighter your mind feels.
Make a list
You may not be able to get rid of your brain-clutter all at once, but you’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to deal with once it’s out of your head and organized in the physical world. Make a list of the things you’re wanting to get done, and set aside a little bit of time each day to work on it.
Many people find meditation to be a relaxing and cleansing mental exercise. Take a few minutes each day to quiet your mind, focus your thoughts on that particular moment, and allow yourself to turn inward.
Spring cleaning your mind for better mental health can be easy and even enjoyable. By doing just a few simple things, you can clear your mind so it has plenty of room to let in that spring sunshine.