6 Ways to Re-new and Re-balance Your Life
Spring as a Season of New Beginnings
Posted Apr 29, 2016
What better time than spring to re-group and re-prioritize, and even re-invent ourselves, and the lives we find ourselves living. Here are some essential things to help you get started.
1.) Get rid of anything you no longer need.
Donate clothing and household items that are in reasonably good condition to an organization or charity and books to your local library or hospital. Clear out kitchen cabinets of items that have been lying around since you can’t remember when or whose expiration date has long passed. Dispose of medications and first aid products beyond their expiration date.
2.) Clear out mental and emotional clutter.
Why not use this season of renewal as a reminder to get rid of things that are weighing you down and sapping your energy?
Allow yourself to let go of the past to make room for new things to come into your life. Commit to making decisions you’ve been putting off. Challenge limiting beliefs about yourself and about how things should be. Think positively. Recent research has shown that we can actually change the circuitry of our brains. When something negative comes up pair it with something positive and stay with that feeling.
3.) Start a Practice
A new discipline will ensure that you invite mindfulness into your life. A daily practice affords you a “time-out” from your every day routine.
A spiritual practice such as yoga, meditation, or chi gong are easy to find almost anywhere and relatively affordable. Another practice that you can do on your own is researching and reading sacred texts from many cultures and traditions. Read them with an eye on universal themes--- those things that connect all of us.
Walking is a wonderful way to help your body while clearing your mind. Walk instead of drive. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. And remember to change your route! We all are so programmed to do the same routine every day. Change the scenery, change your perspective!
4.) Begin a new activity.
Resolve to do something you’ve always wanted to do but never felt you had the time.
Assess your health. Maybe it’s time to begin taking care of your self? It’s far better to change the way you live, beginning now, instead of waiting for things to get out of your control. Create an inventory of your health including diet, exercise, genetics, and stress level. Begin slowly, one change at a time, eventually incorporating others.
Explore your creativity. Learn a new language, take piano lessons, awaken the diva within, take a computer class, or go back to school. It’s never too late to fulfill a dream.
Volunteer your time. Teach reading to those who want to learn, become a mentor, or help clean up your community; there are so many ways to give of yourself.
5.) Spend time outdoors.
Plant a garden. If you have no outdoor space, plant an herb garden in your kitchen or plant pots of flowers to bring the outside into your home. Plant a tree with your child and watch it grow together. Build a birdhouse with your child and watch the inhabitants come and go from year to year. This provides connection to the earth and continuity in the life.
6.) Simplify your life.
Slow down. As life moves so quickly, surrounding us with the constant stimulation of the information stream, we need to find a way to quiet our minds and make quality time for ourselves. Reorganize your highest priorities and re-evaluate your commitments. What do you value most in your life? How much quality time do you spend with the people and the things you care about the most? What is the best way to use your time to create the life you want to have?
Spring, the season of new beginnings, is a wonderful time to re-evaluate your life.
On another note…my latest book co-authored with Rita Battat Silverman, Replacement Children: The Unconscious Script was honored with an Independent Publisher Book Award in the field of mental health/psychology.