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Spring Cleaning for Your Mental Health

The first day of spring is right around the corner on March 19th. This time of year is often associated with a type of cleansing and a fresh start. One season is ending and another is beginning. Moreover, this is a great time of the year to consider doing some spring cleaning. 

When you hear the phrase “spring cleaning” you may automatically think of physical cleaning, such as cleaning and organizing your living space. Keeping an organized living space can do wonders at reducing stress and improving productivity. However, in a non-literal sense, spring cleaning is also something that you should consider implementing this year to ensure your mental health is the best that it can be. This can include spring cleaning by leaving old habits in the past and starting positive new ones. 

At Sage Recovery, we believe that continuing to take steps towards achieving your best possible mental health is an important part of recovery. We can help you to prioritize your mental health starting today. 

Spring Cleaning When It Comes to Your Living Space

Can you remember a time when you were already running late for something and then you realized you misplaced something you desperately needed? It could be your car keys or your phone. In the moment, you may realize that searching for this missing item is going to cause you to be even more late. As a result, you may feel even more stressed. 

When your living space is messy or just plain disorganized, it can really create a sense of chaos in your life both mentally and physically. You aren’t going to be able to function to the best of your ability or as efficiently as possible. There is a good chance that you are probably not going to be as productive, either. This is especially the case if you are often wasting a lot of time trying to find the day-to-day items you need. 

Understanding the effect that disorganization can have on your mental health can play a role in your motivation to prioritize spring cleaning. Disorganization can lead to poor concentration, increased levels of stress, and increased feelings of overwhelm. This is why taking even a small amount of time each day to keep your living space tidy and orderly can be so important. It can help you to feel more in control of your life and more at peace. 

If it has been a while since you’ve cleaned your living space and things have begun to pile up, you may feel unsure of where to start. Even the thought of trying to tackle the mess may overwhelm you. To avoid getting ahead of yourself, consider coming up with a list. Once you know what exactly needs to be done, you can then divide the work and plan it out. 

Consider starting with one room at a time. If that is too overwhelming, start with just one drawer, one pile, or one corner of the room. It won’t be long before you start noticing progress and the benefits associated with it. 

Spring Cleaning When It Comes to Your Your Daily Habits

Maybe it is time to do some spring cleaning when it comes to your daily habits. Are there habits you find yourself continuously falling into that you just can’t seem to break? Maybe these are things that you incorporated into your New Year’s resolutions back in January but have since forgotten about. Now is a great opportunity to consider picking them back up again. 

Consider the phrase “out with the old, in with the new.” As winter comes to a close, what habits do you want to leave in the past? What positive habits can you replace these things with? Try to focus on things that can really have an impact on your mental health and overall well-being.

For example, maybe you find yourself scrolling through social media before bed every night. This habit can have a bigger impact on your quality of sleep than you may realize. The blue light coming from your phone can trick your brain into thinking it is daytime. In response, your brain can stop producing melatonin and make it more difficult for you to fall asleep. 

Consider replacing this habit with something that will be more restful and restorative. Ideally, try to find something that will help you to have a better night’s sleep. For example, you could have a cup of herbal tea while reading a chapter of a book. Additionally, you could do some yoga or meditation while listening to calming music. 

You may also consider doing some journaling before bed. This is a great way to get all of the thoughts that are bouncing around in your head out and onto paper. If you’re looking for more positive habits to incorporate into your daily routine, our team at Sage Recovery can help. 

Don’t wait for a special occasion to make some positive changes in your life. A lot of people tell themselves that they will start a new positive habit “tomorrow,” yet constantly put off the goal that they set for themselves. Take action today by swapping out old habits with new healthier ones. Are you currently struggling with substance use disorder and ready to make a positive change in your life? Our team at Sage Recovery can help. Don’t wait, give us a call at (512) 306-1394 today. A member of our team will be happy to work with you to determine which of our treatment plans best fits your needs.