Mental Spring Clean

Mind is everything. What we think, we become.” – Buddha    zen-178992_1280

It’s that time of year. The sun is starting to shine, new life beginning to emerge and you may be feeling the urge to purge all those things in your life that you no longer need. Yes, it’s time to throw out those socks with holes in, the shoes that stopped being a pair a long time ago and clean out all those cupboards. It’s the yearly tradition of spring cleaning time and it can make us feel ready and optimistic for the fresh start that the good weather brings!

But how about this year trying something new … have you ever though of having a mental spring clean? It’s much like the traditional spring clean but instead of mismatched outfits and broken crockery, look within to see if anything needs discarding. Are there any old thought patterns you have been holding on to for so long that they are no longer helping you but actually holding you back? Do you have any negative beliefs that you have been living with for so long that you had almost forgotten that they were there (even though they still make you feel less than positive deep down)? Well, out with the old and in with the new! With the freshness that the spring air brings, breath a breath of fresh air into your mind and free yourself from anything that does not help you. This is one route to happiness and mental wellbeing.

Take stock, what are you thinking on a daily basis? Focus on one thought at a time and ask yourself honestly ‘Is this way of thinking helping me to reach my goals or holding me back?’ If you’re talking to yourself in a less than positive way, then change it! Imagine the old thought drifting away from you on a cloud … wish it farewell and feel it moving away (you might need to give it a bit of a shove!) Now, think of a new thought to replace it, a positive thought that is going to help you, and repeat it to yourself over and over until you really start to feel that positive energy … you might want to even write it down so that you can see it as a constant reminder. Just note how you feel … hopefully a lot better! Now you can do this for yourself everytime you notice a negative thought pattern creeping in. Focus on one thought at a time though for a lasting effect.

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