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Spring Cleaning for Your Wellbeing

Spring is a great time for fresh starts, whether that means tidying up some of the chaos in your mind or in your environment!

Are there things that are holding you back in life? Focus on healthy boundaries with others and self care as a start.

Write down one day this month that you will clean out your closet and donate clothes you haven't worn in a long time.

Organize your book shelves in different ways. You could arrange books in a rainbow to add some colour to a wall or do white and black alternating.

Make your bedroom your sanctuary. No matter how difficult the outside world might be, make your bedroom your calming safe place. Add art work on the walls, add pillows on the bed, paint a wall a bright colour and add some twinkle lights.

This is a great time to review your health care habits. Is it time to make a doctor's appointment? Are you making healthy lifestyle choices or is there something you can change? Take baby steps to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Take a break from social media. It can be very rewarding to disconnect for a few hours or even days! We challenge you to see how long you can last.

Go somewhere new. Whether a nearby town or a different part of town, explore new places, shops, streets and be inspired.

Buy some soil and seeds to start growing — you can even buy the supplies at a dollar store. Enjoy watching it all sprout and grow!

Declutter your schedule. Don't wear yourself out with work, school, or hanging out with so many people. Take time to rest and relax. It will help you unwind and focus on what is important in the day-to-day.

In need of a fresh new look? Change the artwork on your walls. Look up "easy artwork activities" online and create something that you find interesting!

Go through your phone and delete apps that you don't use or that don't add anything to your life. Free up memory and time for things that will make you happy.

Clean out and sort your purse/backpack. You will feel more relaxed if you can easily find the things you are looking for!

Do you have any bad habits? Focus on one at a time. Do some research and take some baby steps to minimize how often you engage in these behaviours.

Try meditation — it's like actual spring cleaning for your brain.

Clean up your to-do list. Try to accomplish one thing on your list per day. If it seems too overwhelming, break the task up into smaller parts.

Journaling is another great way to spring clean your brain. It allows you to get your thoughts out of your head and can help you organize and make sense of them.

Clean up your self-talk, it affects you more than you realize. Here are some tips to help get you started. 

Feeling sluggish? Observe what zaps you of energy. Stop doing those things if you can avoid it. If you can't stop them, think about how you could plan your schedule to accommodate these energy zapping activities.

Be honest with others about your thoughts, needs and feelings. Withholding the truth or keeping it inside can drag you down and clutter up your brain.

Make plans! Are you feeling preoccupied by the uncertainty of the future? Take control and write down your goals and hopes for the future. Having plans will free up your brain for other things.

Declutter your schedule. Give yourself time to think about things before you say yes. Schedule you time in your planner. Treat it like a meeting so you will be more inclined to keep your commitment to yourself.

Sleep is so important for your mental health. Make sure your bedroom is conducive to sleep. Get rid of clutter and do a quick tidy every night before you go to bed.

Hurt and resentment can build up. Try to let go of grudges and move on. Here are some tips to try.

Create a mantra that highlights the things you love about yourself. Repeat it to your reflection each morning.

The food we eat has an impact on our mental health. Make your kitchen easy to cook in, clear your counter so you have space to work, and put newest items at the back of the fridge so you don't forget about the older ones before they go bad!

Acknowledge your effort, not your success. You are a success because you try, not because life comes easy.

Had conflict with an important person in your life? If you feel ready, reach out and make the first move. Clear the air and focus your energy elsewhere once you have made that step.

Live in the moment. Savour your current accomplishments rather than stressing about next steps.

The world is noisy, make sure you take some quiet time. Take a hike, take a bath or just turn off the TV and relish the silence.

Have you had an apple lately? Take a minute and think about how it looked, smelled, tasted and the sound of biting into it.