We have already had a taste of spring and as the first official day of spring is the 20th of March this year it won’t be long before we all start to come out of our winter hibernation. When more light starts to hit the back of our eyes we naturally become more alert, we start to feel brighter in ourselves and so we begin to be more active and also find that our motivation has returned once again.
So no wonder the traditional concept of Spring Cleaning came into being. Now any of you who know me well appreciate that I am quite anti housework, partly because it is very repetitive but also because it is very posturally challenging. So in my view delegation always seems advantageous, if however that is not possible then pacing yourself and keeping on top of things is your best option.
But because cleaners clean, they don’t tidy even I have to get involved on this front, thankfully though, tidying up does have its merits. Living among mess and clutter is an outward expression of your state of mind and once ingrained one exaggerates the other so by changing your environment you can actually have a positive effect on your brain.
With this in mind, if you can make the decision to devote a specified period of time, even if just ten minutes, to clearing a troublesome corner of your house, then you will benefit by:
A, Clearing your mind, because you are focusing on a simple task, making this almost a form of mindfulness,
B, Staying on track, even if you start to feel overwhelmed, using an alarm can help you stick it out until the buzzer sounds, letting you know that it is time for a break, allowing you reap the rewards of that feeling of being proud of your achievements,
C, Renewing your aesthetic appreciation of your surroundings, once you have finished the job, can go a long way to increase your ability to relax in your own space.
Whatever you may think of Feng Shui advocates they are at least onto something with regards to the health benefits of creating a clean and clear space in which to live and work, where you can breathe and relax. Living among chaos, however, has been scientifically shown to increase our feelings of stress and anxiety so why not get into your tidying groove!
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