Our most natural state is to live in harmony with the seasons and cycles of nature. When we learn to ebb and flow the same way the natural world does, we release resistance and welcome the gifts we are meant to receive as we embrace our own cycles. As spring begins making its entrance, the themes of renewal, fresh starts and growth take centre stage. This is a beautiful time to shake off and shed any old layers to create space for new, fresh ideas and habits.
For many of us, the ritual of spring cleaning refreshes us as we prepare to welcome warmer weather and the carefree spirit that comes with it. There’s a real power in clearing physical space and creating a sanctuary from which to grow and expand. I love applying this ritual to other areas in life that are often overlooked; our mental/emotional and social spaces. Below are insights and tips for creating holistic spring-cleaning rituals that support our physical and non-physical spaces.
Spring-Cleaning Rituals for the physical
The physical space includes our environments and spaces as well as our bodies. Maintaining ourselves and our spaces can help us feel refreshed, rejuvenated and more at peace in our physical environments.
- Scan through your home and work environments for clutter and items in disrepair. Determine what can be fixed, donated or gotten rid of to declutter your space.
- Spend a day giving your spaces a thorough cleaning with environmentally friendly products (where you can).
- Invest in some greenery for your space to bring the outdoors in. You’ll fill your space with fresh oxygen and have something to brighten up the area.
- Be intentional about listening to and nourishing your body, honouring its need for movement, rest, water and whole food.
- Visit your physician, naturopathic doctor, nutritionist or favourite healer to help you identify areas you can support, detoxify and nourish in your body.
- Indulge in some spring self-care; get a fresh haircut, take an herbal bath, get a massage or buy yourself something that brings you joy.
Spring-Cleaning Rituals for the mental/emotional
The mental and emotional environment in which you exist is critically important. This includes your overall mental health, the way you feel, the thoughts you think and the mental diet you consume. Your mental diet consists of any information, media and content you take in, consciously and unconsciously. Being mindful of what you allow into your mental/emotional ecosystem will keep you feeling mentally sharp, inspired and connected with yourself and those around you.
- Set aside time regularly to scan your emotional body bringing awareness to where are you holding onto emotion and tension.
- Schedule an appointment with a healer, psychologist or counsellor who can help you identify and release emotional blocks in a healthy and sustainable way.
- Invest in your emotional health by making time regularly to connect with yourself through self-care rituals.
- Assess your mental diet; what books are you reading, what are you doing to grow and learn and what shows are you watching?
- Do a mental diet cleanse swapping an hour or so each day of non-nourishing input for something that supports your mental wellness and growth.
- Choose a topic you’d like to learn more about and buy a book, sign up for a class or do some research on it.
Spring-cleaning rituals for the social
Your social spaces contribute significantly to your sense of belonging, your overall mental/emotional wellbeing and have great influence on you. I’m sure you’ve heard the quote “you are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. The social environments, both physically and online, that you hang out in can be empowering and healthy or they might be toxic and disempowering. You are worthy of spending time with people who make you feel great and accept and encourage you to be exactly who you are.
- Do a social media detox; unfriending and unfollowing any accounts that don’t lift you up and taking some time away from social media each week to be present in the real world.
- Create a list of people you admire and who inspire you. Reach out to them to extend your gratitude and connect with them.
- If there are new habits you’re looking to build, like embracing a more active lifestyle or eating more healthy foods; reach out to your network to see who in your existing social circle wants to join you.
As a Wellness Advisor and certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Kelsey is excited to be a part of your wellness journey as a source of support, knowledge and community. It is her belief that when we learn to connect within; cultivating a strong mind-body-spirit relationship, healing becomes a more simple and intuitive process. The better we know ourselves, how to advocate for and express our needs, our work with practitioners, healers and medicine becomes a beautiful and transformative experience.