Spring Cleaning for Your Mental Health
We have all heard the term ‘spring cleaning’ when it comes to organizing your home, office or garage. A lot of people go through their cupboards and closets getting rid of things they no longer need or use. But what does it mean for your mental health?
Think of it like removing negative things and even people that aren’t a positive purpose or influence in your life. It can be an easy habit to keep toxic people around, especially if there’s an unhealthy history. Remember that if they aren’t making you feel good or you’re emotionally drained after being around them, they may no longer ‘fit’ who you are or becoming as a person. Putting your own personal growth and well-being is never wrong.
Use the same concepts when you’re going through old clothes but evaluate how you spend your time and with whom.
Questions to ask yourself
- Does it still fit?
- Do I like it?
- Does it make me feel good?
- Do I need this?
- Do I use this?
- Does having this here make me feel good?
Replace activities or people with things that DO make you feel good. Simple things like reading, exercising or setting a goal for a project around the house can help motivation because there is instant gratification as you move along.
Many people rejuvenate themselves in different ways. Do you feel refreshed after having time to yourself? Adding yoga or meditation can be a great way to recharge and refocus. Or if you feel re-energized after being out with friends then volunteering can be a way to start a new beginning.
Having a clear, refreshed mind lets you focus on your own mental health especially after de-cluttering and purging the unnecessary emotional drains.
If you or someone you know is working through a mental health disorder, like depression or anxiety, please contact the professional team at Lifeline Connections. You can visit Lifelineconnections.org, our Services & Locations information or call (360) 397-8246 for more information. We offer mental health outpatient programs offer customized plans for your needs, which may include individual and group therapy, peer support and opportunities to learn various wellness skills.
Our caring counselors, clinicians and psychiatric professionals will be with you every step of your journey. Learn more about our mental health programs.