It’s April and spring is in the air! I love the beginning of a new season – especially spring. The weather is changing and the timing is right to focus on renewal – physically and mentally!

I’ve spent the last few months organizing, purging, and cleaning in my home in anticipation of spring. Letting go of physical clutter helps me feel more at peace in my home, and I find that it energizes me mentally so that I have the energy to tackle new projects in other areas of my life. A wise friend once told me that clutter and dirt in the home represents trapped energy, and for me that is certainly true. When my physical environment is neat and tidy, my mind feels clear and I’m able to take on more challenging ideas and projects without feeling so bogged down. There is also a strong correlation between depression and clutter. As someone who has struggled with depression, I know how important it is for me to keep my environment clutter free. I’ve been reading Alexandra Chauran’s book Clearing Clutter and have learned some great tips along the way.

Addressing my physical space is just one of the projects on my spring cleaning list. I’ve also been working on clearing out old limiting ways of thinking, changing up my workout routine, and focusing on nourishing my body with better food choices. I work out and eat clean-ish – as I like to call it 😉 – all year, but find that it is helpful for me to reset my intentions a few times a year and evaluate to see if any bad habits have crept in. The same old workout routine can become stale, so I like to challenge myself to try new things periodically to give my brain and body something new. And when it comes to eating real, nutrient dense foods, spring brings so many fresh produce options and the warmer weather makes me start craving fresh fruits and veggies.

Clearing my surroundings, moving my body, and giving myself the food my body needs to feel its best empowers me to tackle the biggest of these challenges – my mind! I strongly believe that our thoughts affect who we are and the circumstances of our lives. If you believe that there is never enough money and you can’t be successful, your reality will reinforce those negative ways of thinking. If you embrace a mindset of abundance, you will find ways to make more money and you will always have enough. If you tell yourself that you’ll never be able to stick to a healthy eating plan and you can’t possibly say no to the snacks in the break room at work, you’re right! You must first believe that you are capable of change and that you are strong enough to stick to your decision. Most of us are not living up to our potential because we don’t yet believe in how amazing we are. Positive affirmations are a great way to begin to build belief in your ability to make changes. It may feel silly at first, but write yourself notes and tell yourself in the mirror – you ARE strong enough, you deserve love, and you are capable of making change.

One of the best resources I’ve found for building belief in yourself and owning your awesomeness is Jen Sincero’s book, You Are a Badass.

I hope this encouraged you, and if you have questions on how to put some of these principles into action in your own life, I’d love to hear from you!

For more info on clutter and depression:

http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/home-and-travel/advice/a26118/link-between-clutter-and-depression/

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