4 Steps to Emotional Spring Cleaning.

Ahhhh, Spring. With the start of this warmer season comes the promise of regrowth, fresh starts and new possibilities.  For many of us, this is a time where we feel inspired to do some spring cleaning to remove the clutter we accumulated over time.  While you immediately think about cleaning out your closets, drawers and even your inbox to create space, it’s equally, if not more important to clear out your emotional clutter. It’s been said that your outer world is a direct reflection of your inner world. So if your physical space is messy, it’s time to check in and start to do some emotional Spring cleaning. Here’s how.

1. Clear the Clutter. In order to get rid of the inner clutter, you must first tackle the physical clutter. Looking at piles of paper and endless unopened messages in your inbox is a definite source of stress because it’s a constant on your to do list that never seems to get done. In order to release the stress and tension emotionally, you must make the time to chip away at these piles. Create a system that works for you and stick with it.

2. Let Go of Resentments. Holding on to grudges and being unforgiving is about keeping you stuck, not punishing the other person. When you keep these negative feelings inside, they grow and create more negativity in your life. Make a list of all the people or situations you are angry with. Ask yourself what the benefit is to holding on to this negativity. You don’t have to like what happened or agree with it. You don’t even have to speak to the other person ever again. But if you want to be free emotionally, it’s time to forgive and move on.

3. Stop the Excuses. Whenever you hear yourself saying no to an opportunity or coming up with a reason why you can’t, that’s your fear talking. Stepping out of your comfort zone is scary. But if you want to live an exciting, fulfilling life of purpose, you have to feel the fear and do it anyway.

4. Commit and Do it. So many of us suffer from procrastination paralysis. When the task in front of us seems too big, daunting or scary, we spin our wheels without getting anywhere. Then we feel stressed out by looming deadlines or feel like failures for not getting anything accomplished. Set a timer for 5 minutes. Commit to working on whatever you have to do for that time and give yourself permission to walk away when the timer goes off if you feel like you can’t do any more. Half the battle is showing up.

Action Challenge

Choose one step from the list above to implement this week.

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