Spring is in the air! Don’t you hear the birds chirping and the sound of angels singing? No?! Me neither. In fact, it’s been a winter that has lingered on and on. While there are birds chirping here but no angels singing yet (unless you consider my daughters arguing about whose slinky it is an angelic song), spring will be here soon, weather cooperating or not. With this season comes the cliche of the spring clean. Perhaps, you keep your home tidy all year round but I think most of us could still benefit from a regular overhaul of the ruts, cobwebs and piles that have gathered in our life. That’s why it is time to spring clean your life.
Don’t go overboard here and throw out the spouse and kids just yet. There are plenty of things we could tidy up before ditching family. I’m not even going to talk about vacuuming, sweeping, wiping down, dusting, hosing off or any of those stereotypical spring clean go-to moves. Nope, we are going to spring clean our mind, body and maybe even, our spirit.
Okay, maybe this isn’t something you need. Maybe you feel like a fresh young thing excited with the world. Perhaps, your thoughts are as sharp as a chess master, your body is as fine tuned as an Olympian and your spirit is soaring like a levitating yogi. If that’s the case, you are invited for dinner…nah…the weekend…err…to live with me until I have absorbed your secrets.
For most of us, a spring clean of our life can reinvigorate us to think and feel better, to move better and avoid sickness and disease, to regain a sense of purpose and/or connection. While I’m not a levitating yogi, I do have some ideas and practices that actually work when it comes to a spring clean of your life.
5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life
Read something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
No, I’m not planning your wedding but this will spring clean your head. And I’m not talking about reading social media posts, magazines or even the newspaper. I’m talking about the good, old fashion, book.
Read something old – remember that book you read that changed your life or at least, radically shifted your perspective? Pick it up again. A re-read can bring new insights and the book might seem very different (hopefully, better).
Read something new – One in three Americans haven’t read a book in the last year. The numbers drop when you add multiple books. Expand the mind and bring yourself into the literary ideas, fiction or non-fiction, of present times.
Read something borrowed – (and give it back!) You probably have a friend, family member, or other acquaintance that has a book that was transformational for them. There’s a good bet it will be a needle mover for you too. Ask for it and promise to give it back.
Read something blue – Blue as in like the ocean – deep, timeless. That might mean reading a nineteenth-century German philosopher or something from 3000 years ago like Homer’s Odyssey. It could also mean reading something current that explores the big questions of life. It doesn’t have to be War and Peace sized. Just something that carries weight, figuratively. Recommendation: Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet
Audit your relationships.
Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”. How often do you consciously reflect on the people in your life and how they affect you? Perhaps it’s time. I’m not necessarily telling you to ditch your oldest friends but consider how you feel and are influenced by the people you interact with. Adjusting the time you spend with them can have a significant impact on your life. If you want to be fitter, hanging around with fit people will help. The same applies to being wealthier, more creative, etc. A little spring clean of the living influences in your life can shift your progress, your mind and your joie de vivre.
Create for joy.
Paint, sculpt, craft, build, write poetry, short fiction, a play, etc. Humans have a natural desire and get feel deep pleasure/purpose by being creative. There are many different ways to being creative. You don’t have to write flowery poems if that’s not your thing. Build a cabinet. Write a horror story. Let go of your inhibitions and create for yourself. Dust the cobwebs off your inner child and bring back the art that spoke to your soul when you thought anything was possible. Maybe it still is.
Take up a new activity.
Haven’t tried yoga yet? Why not? How about mountain biking, kayaking, tai chi, SUPing (read this for some inspiration), BJJ, geocaching, foraging, an obstacle race, whatever. If you are in our area, come on out and try an Evolve Move Play event with Rafe Kelley. You’ll be climbing trees, rolling on the ground, lifting logs and so much more. Learn more about it here.
Explore your inner world.
Things like meditation, stream of consciousness journaling, indigenous ceremonies are all good ways to spring clean your spirit and get to know your depths a little better. Usually, these things require a consistent practice to get fully out of the ruts that have built up over time but the rewards are well worth it.
Bonus: Cleanse your mind and body with the whole family aboard.
There’s no better way to increase the chance of success than to have the people around you in cooperation and support of your health goals. When it comes to the home, a unified family working together to improve their health and keep each other accountable is a power formula to go to the next level.
Each parent will have their individual health goals and raising healthy kids is key to good parenting. Whether you as a parent have faced your own health issues or not, I’m sure you’re motivated to prevent your children from struggling with those kinds of things. We are! In fact, this is a huge motivator for everything we do.
This motivation was the inspiration for the 3-part video series we’ve created to share our best tips and strategies for kids nutrition, managing time and energy, and losing weight – not necessarily for a six pack but to reduce health risks, move better and have more energy.
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