Now that spring is in the air, round about now we inherently start thinking about having a complete wardrobe edit, declutter and scrubbing the house from top to bottom as spring cleaning gets underway. I’m desperate to get into my wardrobes at the moment and strip them of the clothes that aren’t my style or that I haven’t worn in such a long time, there will be plenty of charity bags being filled this weekend that’s for sure.
When all of our attention is turned to our homes, I think it’s a nice idea to also think about ourselves too. I just love the idea of giving ourselves a spring clean as a form of self-care. We often get stuck in a rut and this season of renewal is a fabulous time to refresh our habits and lifestyle to benefit our health and wellbeing.
Make Self Love A Priority
Working on your relationship with yourself is an important step to health and happiness. Embracing who you are and loving yourself is when the real magic happens and is at the very core of living a balanced life. At this point, you’ve realised that you are worthy of kindness and joy and looking after yourself reaches the top of your to-do list.
Take Some Time Out For Yourself
Putting some time aside each week to forget about everything and clear your mind of any negative thoughts is a great practice to feel less stressed and anxious. Carrying a heavy mind can in the long-term be harmful to your health, general happiness and how you deal with things in your everyday life. I find that meditating and practicing yoga are great for taking some time out and forgetting about the world and focus on me for 10 minutes.
GET OUTSIDE MORE
Now that the weather is a bit warmer, I’ve loved getting out for my longer walks in the countryside. There are lots of ramblers walks and planned routes in your local area that are worth checking out. Walking is a lovely gentle form of exercise and there are lots of races on throughout the summer months if you are looking to get back into running like me. I just love doing my exercise outdoors when the weather is gorgeous, it’s much more enjoyable and it doesn’t really feel like exercise.
Make More Space For Things That Bring You Joy
Bringing joy into your life is all about doing the things that you love that make you happy. Create more space in your life for the things that bring you joy. I know life is busy, but this doesn’t have to be an all day job a simple 10-minutes of joy every day is all you need.
Have a Social Media Detox
Every so often, I like to have a social media detox and remove people from my social feeds that have a negative effect on me. Of course, this is nothing personal, but perhaps they’re broadcasting something that I can’t handle right now or makes me feel not deserving. As a preservation technique, I like to unfollow these people for a while and let my feed fill up with people who make me feel inspired and fabulous.
Swap Screen Time for ‘Me’ Time
I’m making a massive effort to try to be more intentional about cutting down my screen time and making more time for ‘me’ time instead. I do find myself mindlessly scrolling through my feeds sometimes and this time could be better spent reading a book, journaling and spending time with my family.
REFRESH YOUR SLEEPING PATTERNS
When we officially hit British Summer Time, your sleeping patterns may need a bit of a spring clean. With the lighter mornings and later sunnier evenings, your night-time routine for the winter may not be as effective now. If you are sleeping badly now that the longer days have arrived trying something different may just be the thing that you need to get a better night’s sleep, which long-term is going to benefit your health.
TAKE UP A NEW HOBBY
Healthy living isn’t just about exercise and diet, but also how we feel about ourselves and our lives. Most of the time, we get stuck in a rut and that is a definite road to losing your glow. Finding a new hobby is a fantastic way to rejuvenate your routine, meet new friends and indulge yourself for a couple of hours a week.
I hope this post has given you some ideas on how you can turn spring cleaning away from your home to focus on yourself and practice self-care.