Spring cleaning doesn’t just have to be for your closet (But, I know you have a lot of things to clean out of there too). A new quarter and new season offers the opportunity to clear our minds and leave behind anything that isn’t letting us grow anymore. It’s time to clean out our minds of the negative emotions or baggage we have been carrying around. Time to reflect and give ourselves the opportunity to move forward, to blossom and grow. Interested in learning more? Here are a few ideas on how to get started.
Give Up Grudges:
Holding onto hate or a grudge only hurts you! When you pour your energy into something as negative as a grudge, you only give that event or person more power. Instead, invest that energy into yourself. Leave being #salty or #petty in the past. Ask yourself how holding onto these negative emotions makes you a stronger person. In the end, you are your biggest priority. Hate is the most dangerous form of self destruction.
Apologizing is made out by our society to be a sign of weakness. After all, we should be firm and hold our own ground, right? Yet, owning up to our mistakes and offering an apology to the ones we hurt can be empowering. An apology can remove the discomfort or pain that both parties may be feeling. Most importantly, apologizing is a sign of maturity, as you are able to acknowledge the mistakes you made and analyze how your actions impact others.
Forgiving others can be difficult and forgiving ourselves can seem impossible. Yet, it doesn't have to be so hard. Realize that everyone has the right to make mistakes and fall once in a while. We aren't here on earth to be perfect, we are here to find our way. There aren't instructions on how to live the best life, so give yourself the credit you deserve in finding your own way.
Lastly, unplugging from technology can help rebalance our minds and energy. Being connected is necessary for many us, whether it is for school, work, or projects. However, you can learn to unplug in little ways. Instead of reaching for your phone as the first thing you do when you wake up, take a few minutes in bed to organize your day or reflect on a few items you're grateful for. Instead of reaching for your laptop or phone to take a break from the task you have been working hard on, take a walk outside or chat with a friend. Set an intention everyday!
Allow yourself to take on this new "season" with a clean but determined mind. Leave the negativity behind and focus on what you can make bloom.
Written by: Stephany Arroyo