From the budding trees to the blooming flowers, it’s clear that spring has sprung throughout North Texas.
For many, this time of year may also mean spring cleaning of one’s various external holding places, including closets, cabinets, garages, storage units or other areas that now hold random & potentially meaningless clutter.
But what about the cleaning that we all need from time to time for our internal holding places?
The stress of feeling overwhelmed & anxious creates clutter in our minds, which is similar to the look of a disorderly closet with mounds of outdated gadgets, worn-out clothes and empty boxes.
Research shows that unaddressed issues of our mind may have more in common with the physical challenges of our bodies that one might realize. Decluttering your inside may actually help fend off those recurring headaches or eliminate that frequent upset stomach.
How will you choose to “spring clean” your mind this season, so that you can be open to new growth? Here are a few suggestions to help you get started:
• Is there a nagging task that you’ve been avoiding? If so, set a goal date for tackling it … and offer yourself a healthy reward to encourage you to stick to the deadline. For larger obligations, break it down into smaller, more attainable chunks.
• Write down three things you are grateful for each day in a journal or notepad. When feeling frustrated, pull out that gratitude list and read it out loud. Decide to quit comparing yourself to others – especially on social media, which is a minor, filtered snapshot into the lives of others.
• Give yourself permission to say no. It’s simply not attainable to be at every event you get an invitation to, accomplish every volunteer task you are requested or check every item off your to-do list every day. Identify what asks are critical and what asks give you joy, and remove the others from your overflowing calendar.
Call Dr. Hopper and the The Hopper Group if you would like to claim your fulfilled self. We will help you in your journey towards Mental Fitness.