Spring Cleaning: Your Guide to a Healthy Mind

The annual tradition of spring cleaning has approached, and as a result, your mind may be full of the many chores you must tackle. From cleaning out the closet, freshening the kitchen, organizing your room and finding a place for everything--you may be surprised at how much clutter accumulated during the winter months. Widely known as a time where you give your space a fresh makeover, this season isn’t only restricted to where you reside. It can also bring new energy into your life in other ways.
Just like our homes, we gather 'mental dust' and it accumulates in our minds and in our hearts. Getting rid of those emotional burdens relieves us from the mental pain that we build up. According to Sharecare, “a mental spring-cleaning can provide a boost and a sense of relief and accomplishment.” Keeping your mental health in check can ensure a happier and healthier spring and remainder of the year. With spring approaching it is the perfect time to hit the restart button, so keep reading for some tips on obtaining a healthy mind:

1. Trash Toxic Relationships

Mentally flip through all of your relationships and contemplate each one. Question if they are they built on trust, or if they are built off gossip and negative vibes. While you may think that relationship isn’t affecting you, it could be altering your mentality. If you hang around toxic people, you may obtain those toxic qualities. Be aware of how each friendship can affect you mentally. If you are happy, positively encouraged or peaceful overall, keep those relationships. But if you are upset or burdened in any way, trash that feeling by discarding those relationships. 

2. Ditch Unhealthy Habits

The first step is to identify the habit. When we are accustomed to doing something, it is often challenging to determine if it is truly unhealthy or not. To decide if a habit is detrimental, ask yourself if the effects of this action are usually positive or negative? If negative, replace the habit with something that counters it: a positive one. 

3. Be Optimistic

Decluttering the negative thoughts in your head can be just as important as decluttering your house. Our mind drives many of our actions, so what we think about different situations is important. Often times our potential is shot down not by someone else, but by our own self-doubt. Nothing good ever comes out of pessimistic thoughts; therefore, attempt to avoid that mindset. Be more confident in yourself and your potential will prove itself. 

4. Accept Your Faults

In order to avoid pessimism, you must accept your flaws. The only way to move forward is to confront these faults. Letting then control you damages your confidence. According to Sharecare, “dwelling on your past mistakes clutters the present and leads to self-critical thoughts and feelings.” Instead of residing in the past, allow those personal experiences to teach you something. See those past events as challenges that you can overcome in the future. 

5. Manage Your Time

We are told time and time again that the key to lowering stress and anxiety is to reconstruct our time. To be honest, the solution to the problem has not changed. In order to clear our mind from stress, we must plan and manage our time well. If you have trouble going through with events, try utilizing a calendar to keep track. If you have trouble planning small activities, such as studying, working, or cleaning, you may find the reminder app on your phone helpful.

6. Appreciate the Good

With every achievement, whether it be minor or major, value it. Sometimes when we are so wrapped up in work or school, we believe the only way to be satisfied is to accomplish a huge achievement. And while a huge achievement is fulfilling, a small accomplishment should also be celebrated. Find the good in everything you do by practicing gratitude. Even on your worst days, there is always something to be thankful for. Exercise that habit and embrace all you have and all you have achieved. 

7. Find an Activity to Help Relieve Stress

We find work and school to be necessary things in our lives, so we fully devote our time to them. But sometimes work can be overwhelming, and you just need something to take your mind off things. If that is the case, considering joining a club, taking a class, or partaking in an activity that interests you. 
Have any more mental spring cleaning tips? Start a discussion in the comments below!
SOUL REPORTER | Shelby Wingate is a rising senior at Whitefield Academy in Mableton, Georgia. The extremely competitive athlete plays basketball and runs track for her school. While she does love sports, Shelby uses her competitive nature to excel in academics and will apply that same drive when she attends college to major in Journalism or Communications and minor in French.