If you are enjoying our recent taste of sunshine then you may be pleased to hear that the first day of spring is the 20th of March, so fingers crossed it won’t be long before we all start to come out of our winter hibernation.
When more light hits the back of our eyes, we naturally become more alert, we start to feel brighter, we begin to be more active and our motivation tends to return.
So, it is 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 cleaning because it is repetitive, chemical laden and 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 rather than tidy thankfully I get happily involved on this front, especially as tidying up does have its merits. Living amongst 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 function.
With this in mind, if you can make the decision to devote a specified period of time, even just ten minutes makes a difference, 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 to 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.
So whatever you may think of Feng Shui advocates they are definitely 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 amongst chaos, however, has been scientifically shown to increase our feelings of stress and anxiety so why not take action today, especially as we are all spending so much more time at home these days.
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