This Magic Monday, we celebrate the arrival of warmer weather and a season of renewal.
Spring officially arrived a few weeks ago. While it may look anywhere from white and freezing to warm and humid depending on where you live, spring still tends to evoke images of freshness, vitality and newness. Spring cleaning may also come to mind as we think of clearing away and organizing areas that perhaps have built up somewhat over the past several months. We can easily sum up this springtime imagery in two words: refresh and renew.
There is a lot of promise in those words. They give impressions of looking forward to the future while taking mind of the present. Spring is also a good time to check in with yourself and your own well-being. It’s not always easy to take time for ourselves, but perhaps a few of the suggestions below may help you find ways to infuse something as routine as spring cleaning with a little dose of wellness:
This can be as simple as making your bed in the morning or starting the workday with a small, achievable task. It’s a quick, easy way to reward yourself with a sense of accomplishment, leaving you energized and ready to take on more.
Seemingly mindless actions, such as doing the dishes or running through a routine process at work, could present an opportunity to put your mind through some simple mindfulness exercises. Doing so can have you coming back to more complex items feeling renewed.
Take Your Time
Instead of rushing to get things done all at once, space out your tasks over a few days, doing a little bit at a time over a longer period. Allow yourself to feel refreshed instead of stressed going into and coming out of the workday.
The following quote is from accomplished English poet Anne Bradstreet, who observes, “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” While we are thankful for the winter, let us look forward to the opportunity and growth presented by spring.