Spring-time has hit full force once again. It seems that renewal is the perpetual theme for this time of year. The birds have returned. The rains are falling. The flowers are starting to bloom and people are beginning to care for their lawns again. Everything around us has been given a refreshing and rejuvenating breath of life.
While focusing on renewal of our physical surroundings is important, we should also take this time to focus on renewing and replenishing our mental health. Spring-cleaning is just as much about the physical space around us as it is about our mind, body, and spirit. Winter can be a very draining time, so we should use this season to get rid of things that drag us down or deflate our energy.
Get Rid Of Old Tings
There are plenty of things that one can do to renew themselves mentally and spiritually. Start with your living space. There is a saying that a cluttered space is indicative of a cluttered mind. Over time, we often accumulate clutter and junk around our homes and in our cars that we don’t necessarily need.
A general rule of thumb is that if you haven’t worn or used it in two years, get rid of it. Clothing and household items can be easily donated to many charities such as The Kidney Foundation, Goodwill, Faith Missions, and T.I.E. that are in need of items. Books can be donated to any local Columbus library or hospital.
Meditate, Meditate, Meditate
Once you have cleared out your physical space, you can begin on working on your spiritual and mental space. Your spirit is a fundamental area for cleansing. When you ensure that your spirit is renewed, you can retain the lasting effects of personal spring-cleaning. Yoga and meditation can greatly improve one’s mental cleansing.
“Research suggests that daily mediation may alter the brain’s neural pathways, making you more resilient to stress,” says psychologist Robbie Maller Hartman, PhD. Spending a few moments in quiet meditation every morning can greatly enhance your outlook on life and create a more positive energy to drive your day.
Light A Candle, For Real
Lighting candles in the evening can help your body unwind from a long arduous day. Burning candles is representative of burning away negative energy from your day and helps you to let go of any thoughts or actions that would otherwise steal your positive energy.
Take a 5-minute break and just sit up straight focusing on your breathing. Close your eyes and place a hand on your belly slowly inhaling through your nose and following the path of air through your abdomen and exhale through your mouth. This technique counters the effects of stress by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure, according to psychologist Judith Tutin, PhD.
If you’ve never engaged in physical therapy, try it. Just like your mind accumulates stress, your physical temple also amasses stress and it needs to be released. Go get a manicure, book a massage appointment or a spa day, or try acupuncture.
Taking care of your body’s physical state can have lasting impacts on ones mental and spiritual state.
If you’re looking for a good place in the city to try some of these things, take a look at Replenish: The Spa Co-Op. A black owned family business run by esthetician Deja Redman, her mother Wauvette Duncan, and sister Chanelle Redman. Replenish offers a variety of services to replenish, rejuvenate, and restore your body to its natural energy and state of greatness.
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