Spring has officially sprung. A time of year to clear out after winter hibernation. So I just wanted to share a few ideas that might make you look at your spring cleaning differently this year.
1. Let’s start with your home, as it’s what we generally think of first when looking at spring-cleaning. As we all know, in order to do a great job cleaning, first we have to tidy and for many that in and of itself is an overwhelming task.
Where to start?
What to get rid of?
What to keep?
For this task my simple tip is from the Marie Kundo book “ The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. You ONLY keep things that bring you joy. It's amazing how this simple mind shift changes everything. My husband and I employed this tactic when selling up home and moving to St. Croix. LIBERATING is the word that comes to mind. Give it a try, you won't ever look back!
Obviously there are some cases where we need to hang on to practical things…the iron for instance, certainly does not bring me joy, but is a necessary piece of equipment. However, when it comes to “stuff” around the home and in our closets, take a close look and get ready to feel the difference when your surroundings reflect what truly brings you joy.
2. Another area of the home that is so often forgotten is our make-up and personal care drawer/cupboard. Did you know that all of our products have a life expectancy written on them? Take a careful look…there’s a little icon that looks like a moisturizer pot with the lid open, with markings that say 6M or 12M for example. That stands for 6 months or 12 months and that’s the time frame where that product will continue to perform at the level expected.
Be aware that if that product contains toxins, as so many of our personal care products do, those toxic ingredients tend to become even more toxic over time. I like to use the “Skin Deep” database found at : http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ to check the ingredients in my products. Check out things like your moisturizer, shampoo, body wash and make-up and if you’d like a safer option…my go to brand, where I don’t even need to look at ingredients anymore because they do all the hard work for me is Beautycounter. Click HERE to shop or feel free to ask for more information on how to make safer choices.
3. Cleaning out emotions that are no longer serving you.
In this world where we tend to be so busy and as women more often than not, that means taking care of everyone else before we can even consider ourselves, something we need to spend a little time thinking about is our emotional health and wellbeing.
When someone asks how you're doing, is your standard answer either “fine” or “good” quickly followed by “how are you”? It is so much easier to deflect rather than get real and think about how we really are.
The truth is, and I see it everyday in my coaching practice, if we get really honest…so many of us are walking around angry and resentful. Why? I like to think of it this way, (probably the Brit in me, coming out) if we pour cups of tea from the same teapot, all day, every day we end up with no more tea in the pot. We're the teapot and everyone that we give to, are the tea cups…we only have so much tea and then we need to fill up our pot. Unfortunately, we have a habit of trying to keep pouring and pouring for others and not re-filling for ourselves, which in turn leads to us feeling angry and resentful.
So how do we spring clean this area of our lives? I know for many of you, you have no idea how to change or what to do differently and the vicious circle just keeps on repeating and you just keep feeling more and more depleted.
I have 2 suggestions:
A. Firstly, learning to set boundaries is crucial. Easier said than done, I realize, but a new habit that is necessary in order to function without these emotions building up. How do you go about that? Simply, start to listen to your immediate gut feeling. You know that one that screams silently “OMG!!!! ONE MORE THING I HAVE TO DO!!! We all have it, we all know what it sounds like and then we want to please everyone and say “yes, of course” anyway. I want you to start using these phrases and find others that work authentically for you to start setting boundaries:
B. Secondly, we have to learn to let go of those emotions (before we burst!!) and a good way to do that is to cleanse the body and according to Chinese medicine we cleanse the liver and gallbladder in the spring, those organs happen to be the ones that hold onto, you’ve guessed it…anger and resentment!!
So, if you find that you’re holding onto emotions that are preventing you from reaching your happiness potential, join me to cleanse. It is truly a mind, body, spirit journey that will lead to more energy, less anger, weight loss, better sleep and a more confident and happier you!!
I’ve developed a new seasonal cleanse, inspired by my move to St. Croix. I want you all to get a taste of the clean air, fresh food and cool vibes of the island that wraps you up in the sense of wellbeing and pure happiness. The next group cleanse starts 4/20/17, right after Easter and before Mother's Day. What a perfect gift to yourself! Get more info on The St. Croix Cleanse HERE.
Spring is time for renewal and change…I’m here to support you wherever you are in your life journey to create the life you’re craving. Set up a 30-min free strategy session to figure out which of my programs is the best fit for you and your needs.