Spring is here! We know, we can’t believe it either. As time continues to pass us by, a lot are yearning for change, new beginnings, and an overall reset on life after some very stagnant times. If your life is in need of some spring cleaning, we’ve got you covered. We’re discussing everything from your mind to your relationships to your finances and more. Happy spring cleaning Frenshes.
We can’t recommend meditation enough. The mindfulness practice helps keep you grounded and centered no matter what is going on. If you’re not sure where to start, we tapped our friend Melissa Wood for a guided meditation that you can watch here. Sometimes you just need to clear your head.
Social Media Detox
This one really applies if you find social media to be draining your energy. Comparison is the thief of joy, and sometimes we can’t help but compare our own lives to whatever we see on social media. If it’s making you feel low, it could be time for a break. Trust us, a few days without scrolling is good for the soul.
Unplug and Honor Your Rest When Needed
Your body will always let you know what it needs, and sometimes that thing is rest. If you’re feeling fatigued, you have every right to honor your rest. It’s not only good for your body, but it’s necessary for your mind. If you can’t focus, your brain feels foggy, and you’re genuinely tired then it’s time to sit back and relax.
Set a budget
Even if it’s just for the month, set a budget for yourself. It’s important to see if you could meet that budget, go above it, or even save more than your expected. Sometimes all you need is accountability, and this is the best way to hold yourself accountable when you’re trying to save money.
Automate your savings
A lot of people cringe at the thought of this, but you’ll thank yourself in the long-run. Start off with a small amount and see if you can level up and start saving more. You can automate your savings once a week or once a month, either way, is beneficial. Whatever you do, don’t allow yourself to touch it unless it’s an emergency.
Track your spending actively
Divide your finances into specific categories and see how much you’re spending on each. The categories could be specific to your own life, including things like food, transportation, shopping, and utilities for example. From there, you can set goals for months to come if you want to cut down in certain areas.
Your Physical Health
Eat something green with every meal
Whether it’s making yourself a smoothie in the morning or topping off your pasta with some arugula, something green makes your meal more nutritious. A lot of people can toss veggies into every meal, but in reality, that’s not for everyone. Start off small and incorporate more vegetables from there.
Switch up your fitness routine
Is your fitness routine becoming stagnant too? Or are you feeling like there’s no desire to work out at all? Don’t beat yourself up either way. There are so many online workouts and outdoor activities to choose from, and gyms are opening back up in a lot of cities too. Try something new, and you might grow to love it!
Increase your water intake
Staying hydrated is now more important than ever. Water is crucial to everyone’s health, and it contributes immensely to our immune systems. With the pandemic still very much present, a strong immune system is everything. Use a water-tracking app like Water Reminder to stay on top of your daily water intake and sip throughout the day.
Set goals every morning
Start off your days with a list of priorities, but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t check everything off of your list. We know it’s hard to hear, but some things can truly wait. Divide things in a list and determine what absolutely needs to get done that day and what things can wait a bit.
Track your productivity
This is especially important for those who experience burnout. Being productive is great, but not to the point where it’s hurting you and your mental health. Track your productivity and realize when you’re pushing yourself too far. It’s okay to take breaks!
Be proud of your successes
How often do you feel like you’re proud of yourself? Why is that something that’s so hard for people to do? It’s 100% okay to be proud of your accomplishments and to express that to yourself and others. Remind yourself every chance you get that you’re proud of how far you’ve come.
Your Relationships (including the one with yourself)
Have date nights (yes, with yourself too!)
If partnered up, try to have a date night every week and get creative with it. Have a paint and sip night at home, cook dinner together, or go to a drive-in movie. If you’re single, have a date night with yourself! Whether it’s romantic love or self-love, all relationships deserve time and attention, and sometimes we tend to ignore that. Make a plan and stick to it.
Check-in with loved ones weekly
Have you lost touch with anyone? Could you make more of an effort to keep in touch with your loved ones? We’re all guilty of this, but everyone appreciates catching up and re-hashing things. It doesn’t have to be every day, but try checking in with someone different each week. Even if it doesn’t go as planned, you could give yourself the credit for making the effort.
Cut out toxic people
This one’s hard, but it’s something everyone has to face at one point or another. If there are people in your life who are weighing your down and no longer serving you, it’s time to at least try and let go. Tap into your emotions and don’t deny the signs that something is toxic.
How are you spring cleaning your life this year? Let us know on Instagram!