Spring Cleaning: Mind, Body, Spirit

This is an archived post taken from the April 2012 edition of KrantzWellness News.

I always find that a change of season brings an opportunity for reflection. April is often a time for spring cleaning. We clean our homes and our yards, but there may be more that we want to shed. Many of us rush from activity to activity without stopping to reflect on how we are filling our hours. The stress of this constant activity can depress our immune systems and get in the way of creating what we want in our lives. There are many things that fill our days that we can’t stop doing, but here are a few tips that can help with the sorting process.

Schedule Time for Yourself
Take your dayplanner and schedule time for yourself. This should not be time for errands, cleaning, or folding the laundry. This is time just for you, whether it is going for a hike, gardening, reading or just sitting outside in the park. Make it something that you really enjoy and that feeds your spirit. You can start with once a week and then try to increase it over time. Write down what you will be doing and include a start and end time just like you would with other meetings. Scheduling time for yourself can have an enormously positive impact on your life.

Morning Intentions/ Evening Reflections
Our days are busy. We spend our time multi-tasking, working, taking care of our homes, jobs, and families. Pausing for a few minutes in the morning to remember your dreams and setting some goals for the day, and then having a few minutes in the evening to reflect on how the day went, can help bring needed awareness to how you are filling your time. If you like to write, you can keep a note pad or journal by your bed for this purpose.

Letting Go
Spring cleaning for your soul. What is one thing that you can let go of? This can be a task that you really want to delegate, a meeting that you no longer want to attend, or an old grudge that you can release. Pick one thing that you can let go and make it happen.

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