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Embracing Renewal: Spring Cleaning for the Mind

As the vibrant colors of blossoming flowers begin to pop up and the rains decrease, spring has arrived. Spring isn't just a change in seasons; it's a time of renewal in nature and within us. It's a perfect time to shake off the cobwebs in our minds and embrace the opportunity for growth and transformation.


Spring is when I change the seasons in my closets and begin to clear out old items I no longer wear. I remember that perfect shirt I repurchased a few years ago; it still hangs with a price tag – perhaps it wasn't what I had anticipated it to be. So, just as I tidy up my closets and declutter my home during spring cleaning, I also take this opportunity to clear out my mental clutter. It's a chance to reassess my habits, beliefs, and attitudes and let go of anything that no longer serves me. This personal experience has taught me the value of spring cleaning, not just for my physical space but also for my mental well-being. 


Moreover, spring invites us to break free from the routines and comfort zones that we may have settled into. It's easy to become complacent, sticking to familiar patterns out of fear of the unknown. But just as the flower buds burst forth from their protective shells, we can explore new possibilities outside our comfort zones. Whether it's trying a new hobby, finally opening up the cookbook to try new recipes, or planting your new garden, spring encourages us to embrace change and the adventure that comes with it. 


As a caregiver, oftentimes, you put yourself last. Spring is a wonderful time to nourish your mind and spirit and give back to yourself. Just as we feed our bodies with wholesome foods, we must feed our minds with positive thoughts, uplifting experiences, and moments of self-care to continue our caregiver path. Whether it's spending time in nature, practicing mindfulness meditation, engaging in creative pursuits like painting or writing, or even just taking a long, relaxing bath, these self-care activities are essential for your mental and emotional well-being, which in turn, is essential for your overall health and happiness. 


As spring unfolds its beauty all around us, I encourage you to embark on your own journey of renewal. Clear out the mental clutter, break free from old habits, and embrace the endless possibilities that lie ahead. Give yourself the gift of filling yourself with something that brings joy to your heart. You'll see the difference in the eyes of those you love and care for, too. 



Cyndi Mariner

Breathing Spaces


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