What is mental spring cleaning?


It is officially Spring! Spring is a time for renewal and fresh starts, and it’s not just our physical space that can benefit from a good spring...

It is officially Spring! Spring is a time for renewal and fresh starts, and it’s not just our physical space that can benefit from a good spring cleaning. Whilst spring cleaning is often associated with decluttering and cleaning your home, it can also be a powerful way for improving your mental health. Although our environment has a profound impact on our well-being, and decluttering and organising can reduce stress and anxiety there are many ways you can spring clean your mind and improve your mental health. This blog post will cover some of the activities you can participate in to clear and refresh your mind.


1. Identify Mental Clutter

Just like physical clutter, mental clutter can weigh us down and make it difficult to focus on what’s important. Mental clutter can take many forms, including negative thoughts, worries, and distractions. To start your mental spring cleaning, it’s important to identify the areas of mental clutter that are causing you the most stress.

One way to identify mental clutter is to take note of your thoughts throughout the day. If you notice that you’re frequently thinking about the same worries or concerns, or if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of thoughts in your head, it’s a sign that it’s time to declutter your mind.


2.Declutter Your Thoughts

Once you’ve identified the mental clutter that’s weighing you down, it’s time to declutter your thoughts. One way to do this is to write down your thoughts and concerns in a journal. Getting your thoughts out of your head and onto paper can help you gain perspective and prioritize what’s important.

Another way to declutter your thoughts is to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of bringing your attention to the present moment and letting go of distractions and worries. By focusing on your breath, sensations in your body, or sounds in your environment, you can train your mind to be more present and less cluttered with worries.

women writing in a journal


3.Organise Your Mind

Once you’ve decluttered your thoughts, it’s time to organise your mind. Just like organising your physical space, organising your thoughts can help reduce stress and improve focus. One way to do so is to create a to-do list or schedule for the day. By breaking down your tasks into manageable steps and scheduling them throughout the day, you can reduce the feeling of overwhelm and increase productivity.

Another way to organise your mind is to practice visualization. Visualisation is the practice of creating mental images of a desired outcome or situation. By visualising a positive outcome, you can create a sense of calm and confidence, and reduce the mental clutter that comes from worrying about what might go wrong.


4.Deep Clean Your Mind

Just like a deep cleaning can refresh your physical space, a mental deep cleaning can refresh your mind and mental health. One way to do this is to engage in a form of self-care that helps you feel refreshed and rejuvenated. This can include activities like exercise, meditation, or spending time in nature.


Spring cleaning isn’t just for our physical spaces. By identifying mental clutter, decluttering your thoughts, organising your mind, and deep cleaning your mental space, you can reduce stress, improve focus, and boost your mood. So, this spring, take some time to invest in your mental health and give your mind the love and attention it deserves.

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*McManus, S., Meltzer, H., Brugha, T. S., Bebbington, P. E., & Jenkins, R. (2009). Adult psychiatric morbidity in England, 2007: results of a household survey.

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