Spring is often associated with cleaning up and clearing out to make room for beautiful rebirth and new growth. In this series, I give you tips and tools to make your Spring Cleaning process more of a joy and less of a chore. But, of course, you are empowered to create a new beginning any time you choose!
Tip #2: Keep Your Energy Up!
While tackling your list of top priority areas for Spring Cleaning, it is important to take breaks, short and long, and renew your energy and motivation. If you feel yourself getting tired, or even before that happens, try to get your energy up with one of these tactics.
I was recently reminded of how important water is to just about every function in our physical and mental faculties. Specific to Spring Cleaning, there will be dust, lint, pet hair, pollen and other debris stirred up. Staying hydrated will keep your throat and nasal passages clear of this debris. Plus, it can help you maintain energy and combat fatigue. Adequate water intake during cleaning also helps reduce the inflammation and soreness that often comes after a really physical cleaning session.
Eat Energizing Food
Before your Spring Cleaning appointment with yourself, have a healthy energizing meal. Choose something that gives you protein and complex carbohydrates (like whole grains) to slowly release energy. Remember to take breaks for a snack when you feel hungry. I like to have a little dark chocolate bar that I nibble on as I work through my to-do list.
Short Rests, like a sit-down break or a nap, can give you new energy to get back to work. Sometimes you may require a little longer recharge. Give yourself permission to take a long break when needed, like pausing for a day or two, and come back to the task when you’re ready. Just don’t wait too long!
Surround Yourself with Positivity
You know what, this work can be hard enough as it is. You don’t need negativity getting you down. Let negative personalities and criticism take a backseat, including negative self-talk. It pains me to hear some of the things my clients say to themselves as we work. They criticize themselves for letting the condition of their home, their clutter, get so out of hand. Don’t focus on the past. Focus on the positive progress you are making.
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