“The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don’t.”
I know it is super early for a spring cleaning but with the New Year still in the rear view mirror this is a great time to purge. We become so easily attached to material possessions, creating a cluttered space with every new whim. This type of clutter will slowly suck our mental and emotional energy. There is guilt attachment to these things, things that we haven’t done...yet, things we started and didn’t finish….and things we failed. This clutter reinforces a sense of overwhelm, stress and emptiness. Try to tackle 10 minutes a day of simplifying one space. This will help create a calm, peaceful environment that reinforces other positive habits.
Hitting the doldrums of winter, the lack of sunlight on the daily and the cold, cold days. We begin to feel tired, stuck and unmotivated. Now most of us experience the winter blues, while others experience something more serious like Seasonal Affective Disorder. While some treatment can include sun lamps, vitamin D and psychotherapy, we can also make small changes. We can also lighten our blinds, open the curtains, read by a window, and buy some indoor plants. In addition, starting an exercise routine and eating clean food can help with the natural Vitamin D deficiency we struggle with during the winter months. Personally, what I think is most important is finding a short time to be outside. Bundle up and even if just a short moment look up to the sky and soak it up.
Stacie A. Zamperini M.Ed.