A Guide to Mental Spring Cleaning

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With the approach of warmer weather, many people start to think about spring cleaning. It is not just a good season to clean your home, however, it is also an ideal time to declutter your mind. Spring is a time for new beginnings. You don't want to be weighed down by winter worries. Let's look at how to tidy up your mental state. 

Reframe

People are more negative in the winter. It might be because of the increased darkness, the lack of greenery, or the cold temperatures. In any case, spring is an opportunity to be more positive with your thoughts. Take some problems which have been bothering you and put a fresh spin on them. For example, is your job really that awful or are you just focusing on all of its negative aspects? Almost any situation can be improved if we look at it more realistically.

Verbal Purge

Another way to get rid of unhelpful winter problems is to conduct a verbal purge. A verbal purge is a release of your pessimism and worries through talking with someone you trust. The point is to get all your negative thoughts out so they do not continue to haunt you. It is important to set a time limit for your purge and stick to it. When you reach the time limit (e.g., 10 minutes), you are encouraged to let go of all negativity and worries. This technique will help you clean out your damaging beliefs.   

Reevaluate

Giving yourself a mental scrub means you need to reevaluate your life. Much like traditional spring cleaning, you should take stock of what is on your mind and ask yourself if it is worth holding onto. For example, maybe you had a horrible fight with your partner a few weeks ago and you have spent a great deal of time obsessing about the future of your relationship. Take a few moments and decide whether or not it is worth it to try and smooth over the conflict. If you take the time to repair the relationship, you will no longer have those obsessive thoughts making you miserable.

Mental spring cleaning is an essential practice. When spring hits, you want to feel refreshed and happy, not occupied with the same concerns you had during winter. We all have beliefs that don't serve any positive purpose. Decluttering your mind of harmful thoughts helps you to reduce worry, improve mood, and get organized. So get cleaning and enjoy spring. 


Jennifer Silvershein