The coming of spring may give us that “out with the old, in with the new” feeling, making us eager to clean out our closets, junk drawers, garages and sheds. Sure, we can clean out our clothing, but how do we clean up our lives? Let’s talk about spring cleaning for our mind, health, fitness, and habits. Let’s talk about ways to get excited, motivated, joyful, and even peaceful about the coming of spring!
The winter months can sometimes overwhelm us with stress from the holidays, lack of daylight, cold weather, and the overall funk we might experience. So, if your New Year’s Resolution was a flop–you haven’t made it to the gym in weeks or you’re totally not ready for that Spring Break bikini–don’t stress! As the great tennis legend Arthur Ashe said, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Even if you’ve strayed from your perfect plan, the beauty is that you can always pick back up and get started right where you left off at any time. You have control of what happens next. With that in mind, let’s talk about 9 fresh ways to air out the winter closets of our minds and add a fresh spring glow to our mindset, health, fitness and habits.
Begin that meditation practice you’ve been talking about.
Often the best way for us to find clarity is to get quiet. Remember, meditation isn’t about trying to make our minds blank; it’s about consciously focusing on our breath (or a phrase, or a mantra) and coming back to only that breath when other thoughts begin to creep in. Beginning a meditation practice should be simple and slow. Start with just a few minutes each morning. A minute to quiet our minds in the morning can bring us an entire day of peace.
Change your story to change your life.
If your friends talked to you the way you talk to yourself about you, would you be friends with those people? If the answer is, “Heck no! I couldn’t take that kind of judgement from others!,” than you may want to evaluate your way of thinking. We need to tell ourselves a better story to live a more positive life. Act your way into a new way of thinking by being deliberate about your thoughts. I will lose ten pounds. I will put money in savings every month. I will pay off my debt. I will nourish my body with healthy food. I will get seven to nine hours of sleep per night. See where this is going? Start with one area of your life and don’t try to change everything all at once. Slow success is still success.
Break up with your snooze button and reward yourself with a relaxing morning routine.
What if just 30 extra minutes in the morning gave you time to meditate, drink a cup of coffee, shower slowly, write in your journal, and head to work having a fresh start on your day? Would you break up with that snooze button? Try it a few morning’s a week at first, and you’ll feel so charged and full of life that you’ll become an early riser in no time!
Reestablish your commitment to your nutrition and workout routine.
Did you make a weight loss New Year’s Resolution? Have you been sticking to your nutrition and workout goals? If not, no problema! Go back to the goals you set at the beginning of the year and decide to start again right now. Those who are successful in their weight loss journey are those who practice consistency over time. Remember we’re on a path to lifelong health and we should be committed to taking care of our bodies because we love them…not because we don’t.
Perform the “Keep, Swap, Donate” operation on your closet.
When we think about spring cleaning, we generally think of cleaning out our closets. So get to it! It doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process and you don’t have to do it all at once. Make an effort to go through specific sections of your closet over a period of a week or two and take a weekend trip to donate your clothes or get together with girlfriends to swap items.
Create a clean routine.
If you crave the feeling of a neat, clean living space, but don’t have the time to tidy up, create a cleaning routine. This may mean you only get to clean one room per week, but if you keep up that weekly rotation of cleaning your room, bathroom, kitchen, and living space, you’ll always have a clean, tidy home!
Clean out the kitchen. Whip something up.
Dedicate some time to cleaning out your pantry, fridge, and freezer and make a fun meal out of the random things you have on hand! To get organized, make a list of the things you need and shop only for those items you plan to have as part of your nutrition plan. Having less in the house means we spend less, spoil less, and enjoy meals that help us get closer to our goals.
Write it down.
If you don’t have a system to organize your life- let’s get you one. These days, it’s too much for us to remember all the things we need to do in our heads. Balancing work, family and relationships, health, fitness, and other obligations can be challenging enough and not keeping an organized system is a recipe for feeling overwhelmed. Buy a notebook, a planner or download apps like Evernote or Asana to help you keep track of all you have going on. It’ll make committing time to your personal wellness that much easier!
Get an accountability buddy.
Spring cleaning doesn’t mean recreating the wheel or starting from scratch. Get clear about the top three things you want to accomplish and find an accountability buddy to chase after your goals together. Your buddy doesn’t have to have the exact same goals as you. Instead, focus on checking in with one another frequently and holding each other accountable. Don’t forget to have fun!
These are your 9 tips for spring cleaning your mindset, health, fitness, and habits. We hope you love them as much as we do! Now we want to hear from you? What are your favorite spring cleaning tips? Let us know in the comments below.
Sarah Bergstein, Fabletics Master