Throughout this article we’re going is going to focus on how to spring clean your mental health. If you are like most people who take the time to clean and organize their home when the warm weather of spring comes around, than setting the intention to focus on our mental well-being can be a very similar, and equally as helpful, process.
Mental health is becoming less of a stigmatized topic in society, but there can still be a lack of understanding of the importance of maintaining our mental and emotional well-being. Let’s first be sure to understand the concept of mental health before moving forward, which, as mentalhealth.gov suggests “includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being”.
Mental health also relates to how we think, feel, and act and helps determine how we handle stress, interact with others, and make decisions. Our mental health holds importance at every stage of life, from childhood into adulthood and beyond. For this article, we’ll be exploring three key areas of our mental health including the mind, body, and soul.
As we explore, we’ll be looking at examples of how you can begin to spring clean your own mental health, and since we are all unique individuals, be sure to determine the strategies that work best for you and create your own steps to take in this process of organizing your emotional landscape.
Spring Clean Your Mind
The mind is a key component of our mental health, since our emotions are intertwined with our emotions and our thoughts. Take for example the last time you felt very stressed or anxious. Chances are your mind was racing with thoughts and you may have experienced an internal disorganization with a range of emotions such as frustration, sadness, and perhaps even anger.
Take the time right now to consider how you are feeling in this present moment. Write down any difficult thoughts or feelings you might be experiencing, and name these if possible. Being able to identify what’s happening inside can be an important step in working through these emotional disruptions.
It’s also important to remind yourself that everyone can experience moments when things aren’t okay inside. It’s normal to experience difficult emotions, or feel scattered in your thoughts. Also remember that things can be different and you can feel better.
Suggestions on how to spring clean your mind:
- write down your thoughts and feelings and the impact that these concerns are having on your life at the moment
- consider strategies of taking care of your mind,
- create a support network and ask for help from trusted people in your life or a make an appointment with a professional
Additional reading: Depression Versus Sadness
Spring Clean Your Body
Our physical health and body are also important aspects related to spring cleaning your mental health because of connection between our minds and our bodies, known as the mind-body connection.
The World Health Organization explains this phenomenon by stating that “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. So what’s happening in our minds is just as important and interconnected to what’s happening in our bodies, as well as in our minds.
Consider your own physical well-being in this moment in the following areas as examples and rank them on a scale of 1-5 (1 is poor, 5 is great):
- Substance Use
Add up your total out of 30. The closer your number is to 30 means that you are taking pretty great care of your physical well-being, which can lead to a greater mind-body connection overall. Great job! Keep it up, and consider more ways you can take care of your body.
Worried about how well you’re currently taking care of your body and it’s needs? Consider ways of increasing your mind-body connection in small steps (eg. by drinking more water, creating a better sleep routine, or booking an appointment with your doctor).
Additional reading: 7 Ways Your Physical Health is Connected to Your Mental Health
Spring Clean Your Soul
Finally, let’s consider ways of spring cleaning your soul. The definition of your soul can be your own and may include how you feel about yourself, the connection and relations you have with others in your life, or your spiritual beliefs and practices. However you define your soul, it’s important to be able to set the intention to regularly focus the needs of your soul and your self-care needs.
Some areas to consider when thinking of your own self-care and creating a routine that works for you are: eating habits, exercise, interests, social activities, relaxation, alone time, and moments of reflection. In fact, the list of self-care areas to consider can be endless, and it can be helpful to consider your own self-care needs and how to boost your own wellness routine.
Consider at least ONE self-care need right now and ONE activity that can help you to focus on treating yourself better and providing care for your soul. Some examples may include planning a walk with a friend, booking a massage or having a mindful moment to yourself.
Additional reading: The Anatomy of a Great Self-Care Routine
Well done! It can often be easier to focus on the needs of others or the responsibilities in our day rather than focusing on our mental well-being, so great job on being able to dedicate the time to taking care of yourself. If you would like to go more in-depth with this process of spring cleaning your mental health, join me for the free 4-week email challenge Spring Clean Your Mental Health starting March 20th!
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CHIME IN: How do you gain clarity when it comes to mental health issues? Let us know in the comments below!
This post is part of the Spring Into Healthy Living blog series. Check the other posts:
- Spring Into Healthy Living by Turning Everyday Activities Into a Workout, With the Huddlestons
- Spring Into Healthy Relationships with Your Kids, Celebrate Moms Forever
- Spring into Detoxing Your Home Cleaning Routine, Biscuits & Grading
- and more!
Heather LeGuilloux is a therapist and mental health blogger who shares her knowledge, experience, and passion about mental health and wellness through her self-titled website www.heatherleguilloux.ca. Heather has an interest in helping people to understand themselves better in order to strengthen their emotional well-being as well as their relationship with others. Heather can also be found through Pinterest and Facebook.