Spring Cleaning

19 May Spring Cleaning


Article by Patti Sayre, L.C.S.W Parenting: Counseling, Coaching and Consulting

As we enter the spring season, the idea of “spring cleaning” surrounds us. You hear of spring cleaning your home, but have you ever thought about spring cleaning yourself?

As we are dragging ourselves from the brutality of winter (although it was a relatively mild one this year), it is the perfect time to reset. You can do a mental reboot to give yourself a fresh outlook. Every time you renew yourself you relate to the world with a renewed sense of “aliveness.” You see the world through new eyes and a new perspective. This is a time when we remove the old and make way for a refreshed sense of well-being. As you experience this newness, your life can become richer and more inspiring.

Habit #7 in Steven Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is called “Sharpen the Saw.” Covey uses the analogy of a woodcutter who is sawing for several days straight and is becoming less and less productive. The process of cutting dulls the blade. The solution is to sharpen the saw periodically. He talks about preserving and enhancing the greatest asset that you have – YOU. This means having a plan of renewal in the four areas of your life: the physical, the emotional, the spiritual and the mental.

As you renew yourself in each of these areas of your life you create growth and change in your life.  To “Sharpen the Saw” allows you to remain fresh and sharp so that you can handle life more effectively! Feeling good doesn’t just happen. It means taking the time to renew yourself. Remember that every day provides a new opportunity for renewal; a new opportunity to recharge yourself so that you don’t hit a wall. All it takes is desire, knowledge and skill. No matter what time of the year, it is always important to nurture yourself. But what better time than now? Spring: a season of renewal and rebirth.

How to put a Spring into Your Step

·         Declutter Your Space:  Your environment has an affect on the way you think and feel. Make room for new ideas. As you clean out your physical space you may also want to clean out some dead weight in terms of people.

·         Charge Your Energy:   Pumping up your physical energy can help put you in the right frame of mind for transformation.

·         Dive into Unfamiliar Experiences:  Doing something you’ve never done before is a sure way to shake things up.

·         Drop a Bad Habit:  It takes a lot of energy to keep doing something that is not good for you.

·         Express Your Feelings:  Could holding onto any feelings of anger, guilt or resentment be weighing you down?

·         Socialize with Different People:  Interacting with new people may open introduce you to new experiences and open you up in ways that you didn’t expect.

·         Pause:   Pausing can help you find new approaches to the same old tasks.

·         Breathe:  Of course, those of you who work with me know how important I feel this is.  Breath is one of the most overlooked and under-used tools we have. It can be used to dissolve psychological blocks, relaxation, invigorating our spirit, and much more. Breathe in the future; exhale the past!

How Will You Sharpen The Saw?

Things do not change; we change.” Henry David Thoreau

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are. ” J. Pierpont Morgan