Spring cleaning has been a tradition for many this time of year. It symbolizes a fresh new start and a clear path to a new beginning. Clearing the clutter and letting go of the old just makes you want to take a deep refreshing breath. Spring cleaning your physical environment is a good start, but why stop there? It’s also a great time to clean up your mental environment.
Sometimes our thought life could use a good cleaning up as well. Here are 5 Tips to get your mental refresh juices flowing and hopefully provide some motivation to shake off anything that currently does not serve your best interests.
Take Time for Yourself
By this I mean truly set aside time just for you each day. Carve out 30 – 60 minutes every day to give yourself the time and space needed to renew, reflect and refresh. The best time of day to this is usually first thing in the morning or the last thing before bed. When you make it a morning or evening routine, it will soon become an established habit.
What will you do in this space and time you’ve created? Go for a walk, meditate, journal, read a good book, write down what you are grateful for, pamper yourself in some way, or set your intentions for the day (or next day if you are doing this at night) are just a few ideas.
Re-evaluate Your Life
Spring is a great time to reassess what is working or not working in your life. This is a great journal exercise to do in the “me time” you’ve set aside for yourself. Write down what’s working and what isn’t. Be brutally honest with yourself. What can you improve? What can you remove? What do you really want in your life right now? What is keeping you from having what you really want?
De-clutter Your Mind
Examine what is holding you back from creating your best midlife in body, mind and spirit. You may be surprised to realize you still have those old limiting beliefs about yourself such as unworthiness, undeserving or fear of rejection.
This is good! Bringing these limiting beliefs back to the surface is the first step to weakening their grip on you. Being conscious of them allows you to recognize and observe how they are holding you back. There is only one person powerful enough to stop you from creating your best midlife & powerful enough to set you free – YOU.
Out with the Old, In with the New
Now that you are clear about what areas you want to upgrade in your midlife, and the thoughts and feelings that are holding you back, it’s time to let go of the old and build some new ways of thinking and feeling.
Your old negative conclusions about yourself were never about you anyway, you just believed someone else’s false story about you. It’s time to release the old and create a new conclusion about yourself. Start by saying a releasing statement such as “My old limiting beliefs about myself are false; I choose to let them go. I am now open to new and loving thoughts and feelings of myself and I see myself as a valuable, worthy human being”
Now set your intentions for creating a Midlife you love. Write your new intentions by finishing the sentence, “I am so happy and grateful now that…” Write as many statements as you want and repeat them often. By doing this you begin the process of re-wiring your brain to think in new ways which in turn will cause you to act in new and improved ways.
Create a Personal Life Intention
This is about creating the inner goal or energy you wish to achieve. It is not about outside achievements of success, health, etc…, this is about choosing your desired inner state of being. For example, if you live in a constant state of fear of what the future holds as you get older, a good intention would be “I intend to live in the present and trust in the future”. This becomes your guiding personal intention to steer you away from your old thought patterns.
As you go forward to refresh, renew, reassess, release and rethink for spring, remember that the most important thing you can do is to start—even if it’s just one small step—and keep at it one day at a time.
If you feel it would be helpful to have a guided journal to support you as you clear out your old ways of thinking and create your new intentions for upgrading your midlife, I have created a 40 day guided journal to assist you through this process. Writing is a very powerful way to instill new higher frequency thoughts, feelings and emotions into your life, which translates into a better outer life experience.
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Debra Betterly, PhD is an Integrative Wellness & Life Coach and Metaphysician whose passion is to help women expand their health, joy and purpose in midlife and beyond.
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