Spring is here and it welcomes renewal, fresh energy, and bloom into our lives. It is a period of flowering and growth both on the outside and on the inside.
While it is also time to roll up our sleeves and get into some deep spring cleaning, let us not forget to reorganise and declutter our minds first.
Spring clean your mind
Things can get overwhelming when thoughts quickly turn into a big messy to-do list. Here are some simple steps that will help you declutter your thoughts:
- Write down the things you need to do, the things are currently doing, and what you would like to do in the future. This will help create a well-organised mental inventory.
- Think about why you are doing each of the things you wrote down. Surprisingly, you will find that half of these chores you do not even want to be doing in the first place. If there is no joy behind it, perhaps reconsider the task altogether. Ask yourself if any of those things are vital to you or to someone you care about. If the answer is yes, you keep them. If not, then you know they need to go.
- Update the inventory you created as you go. Spend some time weekly revising and updating your tasks so your list is never outdated.
Externalise your thoughts
More often than not, the best way to declutter the mind is to visualise our racing thoughts. There's no better way to achieve that than journaling.
The most popular journal format is the bullet journal where you use special symbols, codes, and colours to visualise your wild thoughts. But if you are not familiar with it, worry not. You can pick the format you are most comfortable with and it will help you declutter your thoughts just as efficiently.
Take care of your body
Think of your body as the temple that hosts your soul. When it is looked after, the soul will bloom. But if it is neglected, the mind will become a chaotic place.
When you take good care of your body, your mind will follow.
Here is a list of things you can do to keep your body and mind healthy:
- Follow a healthy diet and watch what you get into your body. Some vitamins like B-12 and fatty acids are essential to your body and mind. Include fish, avocado, and nuts in your meals.
- Getting regular sleep is crucial for your mind’s health and overall well-being. Sleeping for 7-8 hours a night can help regenerate brain cells and keep you feeling refreshed and energetic.
- Exercising regularly not only greatly impacts your physical health, but benefits your brain as well. Studies have shown that exercising helps you have a better memory, more focus, and greater overall morale.
- Meditation is not just for relaxation and resting your mind. It is linked to general well-being as it reduces stress, improves the quality of sleep, and increases concentration. Make some time to meditate every day and watch your mind blossom!