We all need a break or a way to change things up a bit every once in a while. Sometimes even the slightest change or break can WORK WONDERS!
Read on if you feel the same way…
1: RESET YOUR MIND
I know how it feels to be busy. Taking care of your mind is crucial in a world full of distractions, negativity and hustle & bustle. Do you feel like your mind never slows down? Have you forgotten how to give yourself a “mind rest?” I know sometimes I do.
Make it a priority to give yourself at least a quiet 15-minute mind-break daily. You can even use this 15 minutes as a meditation time. You will value these 15 minutes and look forward to it – I promise!
Reevaluating your thought process is a fabulous way to jumpstart your mind reset. Creating positive mind talk practices can start a healthy habit that will last you a lifetime. Learning your triggers will help assist you in rewiring your mental conversation.
Pay close attention to what runs through your mind daily and the manner in which you perceive these thoughts. That quiet time will help calm the outer noise and help you listen to and evaluate your thoughts more deeply. There are many ways to treat yourself to a break daily and you will discover what works best for you during your practices.
2: CLEAN YOUR CLOSET
I’m sure this is one thing we can all agree on — we have too much stuff. Holding onto that cute sundress because you just know you’ll wear it again one day? I hear ya. I remember the time I got rid of 3 bags of clothes and it felt great!
But, this isn’t just about getting rid of clothes…don’t worry. This time is about decluttering your life, but organization is also on the list.
Depending on your personal situation, a simple organizational system put into place may solve your closet clutter. If you have an abundance of clothes, shoes, and outerwear overflowing from your closet as well, it just may be time to go through it all and downsize. You will see simpler can be better.
As you’re going through your closet clutter, take into account what you haven’t used in quite some time. If you can’t remember the last time you used an item – toss it in the charity pile. Out with the old and in with the new! Setting time aside to tackle this task may seem daunting, but you will feel so much better after it’s over. No need to always wait for Spring – do it anytime!
3: CLEANSE YOUR WHOLE SPACE
Your home is your sanctuary – your place of retreat, comfort, and stability. Over the years, it is possible to accumulate a lot of junk…not just in the closet. When you walk throughout your home, what feeling do you get? Is it peaceful and calming? Or is there clutter that is causing anxiety for you?
Clutter in the house will breed clutter within your mind, without a doubt. Making a plan to give your home a thorough deep cleaning will revitalize your mood and get you ready for the next stage of your refreshed life. Having a clean, airy living space is a wonderful way to give yourself a more peaceful demeanor with this one task alone.
Your home is your sanctuary. What can you do to make your home more enjoyable for you? Don’t get overwhelmed with the idea of going through all of your belongings all at once. Spreading this out over time will help make this task enjoyable and attainable. Committing to one or two tasks a day will have you done in no time at all. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, too!
4: RE-EVALUATE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
Unless you’re incredibly lucky, there is most likely at least one negative relationship in your life. This can be a really difficult subject, but an incredibly important one to consider. When you read the words “negative relationship” who comes to mind? Does anyone pop into your mind right away?
It could be a coworker, nosy neighbor, friend, or even a family member. Although we can’t always “remove” ourselves from these relationships completely, there are ways to readjust and evaluate what is not serving you in your relationships. Luckily, there are plenty of people out there that you can have a healthy relationship with! One of love, understanding, honesty, laughter and learning.
Healing and removing yourself from the relationships that are not serving you well is empowering and rewarding — clearing space for new and impactful relationships in your life. What relationships in your life need a reconnection or reevaluation?
5: RESET YOUR BODY
Whether you choose to participate in a whole foods detox program or to simply reevaluate your eating habits, you know your body better than anyone. You also know what you need to reach your optimum levels of health and happiness. The question is: are you doing these things?
Resetting your body includes more than the foods you choose. Breathing exercises, adequate rest, yoga, a sauna, dry brushing your skin, thinking positively, and drinking water are a few other ways to assist in detoxing your body.
Cleanse your kitchen and menu of the foods that are not serving you and your desire for better health. Write down some of your favorite healthy recipes and stock your fridge with what you need to enjoy them. When you make it harder to make the quick decision to indulge in something unhealthy, you will create a space that will allow you to reach your goals more efficiently.
6: RESET YOUR ROUTINES
Are you one of those people that don’t like disappointing others so you jam pack your schedule full of commitments? Wearing yourself thin is a disservice to all parties involved, especially you.
Are there some responsibilities on your plate that could be given to someone else or planned more thoughtfully with your wellbeing in mind? Some simple rearranging could do the trick.
It is crucial to remember that clearing your calendar is not an act of irresponsibility. Allowing yourself to perform this reset will be the beginning of a new and better functioning schedule. Figuring out when you are most productive and scheduling your appointments strategically will make for smoother days to come.
This is also a wonderful time to consider what actions would make your routine more enjoyable for you. Can you add in that hobby you’ve been dying to take up? Or perhaps adding a weekly, routine date with friends? Relaxing with a blanket and a movie once a week?
Adding in some fun new routines can be a nice refreshing start to your new, refreshed life.
7: DETOX YOUR DIGITAL LIFE
In the world we live in today, it is rare for one to not be on some sort of technological device for a large chunk of the day. Whether it’s your smart phone, computer, iPad, or your new Apple watch. While it is nice that we have the ability to be connected to the entire world and all the knowledge we want with the touch of a button, it can become a habit and a security blanket of sorts.
Do you find yourself perusing your social media accounts when you’re bored? Have you ever jumped online to look up one thing and an hour later you’ve found yourself still scrolling through the internet? We have all fallen victim to this, trust me.
A digital detox, however small it is, can serve you tremendously. Using this time to do the things you truly enjoy: picking up a new hobby or spending more quality time with your loved ones will quickly become way more enjoyable than scrolling through your Instagram account!
Aside from cutting down on your time online, decluttering your online life is helpful as well. Cleaning out your email is a great way to start. Do you have a million subscriptions cluttering your inbox daily? Take time to unsubscribe from unwanted emails, clearing out old ones that are unnecessary for you now, and even making folders and putting an organization system in place in your email account.