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I love spring. There’s a revitalized energy in the springtime air. Everything is renewing itself and blossoming into its own best version. Spring is like nature’s reset button: It is a chance to slough off the old and start fresh. It’s no wonder spring and cleaning go together. When it comes to the home, spring cleaning is all about getting rid of the old and outdated; the unusable and unnecessary; the crap and the clutter. It is about clearing some space for the fresh and new (or simply clearing some space). But spring cleaning isn’t just for the home, it’s for your mind and body as well. This year I am focusing my own spring cleaning on my physical body in hopes that the mind will follow.
Many times in the past, when I went through bouts of depression, I attributed it to the weather (or seasonal affective disorder). Last year when I went through sever depression during the sunshine months, I knew there was something more to my mood than simply the seasons’ influence. This year, as winter turns to spring, I am feeling back on track with my emotional wellbeing, and I want to keep it that way.
One thing that I have noticed that has been affecting my mood lately is the state of my physical body. At times I’ve felt quite sluggish with no energy. I’ve felt cramped and toxic. I think this is a byproduct of winter for me as the shitty weather means that I pretty much hole up inside and lay around a lot which makes me feel grey and lifeless. In turn, I often get depressed. And when I’m depressed I have even less energy to do anything, creating a vicious cycle of lethargic depression. But with spring comes the promise of better weather on the rise and more opportunity to get active and refreshed. Today I am using spring to my full advantage.
I’ve decided to do a body cleanse. Now, I’m not giving up carbs for an all-juice diet or anything quite yet, but I really want to focus on eating whole foods and drinking as much water as possible to see what kind of a difference it will make to my overall wellbeing. I began today, and although I’m feeling more drowsy than usual (probably a first-day thing), I am literally feeling less toxic inside. Now, I’m sure that knowing that I’m putting only healthy foods and drink into my body is probably having a placebo effect on my brain right now, accounting for me feeling better on the first day of a cleanse, but who cares? If my body feels better because my mind feels better because I am attempting to make my body better, then there’s really no downside!
I also went for a really long walk today. I have given up driving (for many reasons) and am travelling on a bus pass and a prayer now, but when I have the time, I walk. The walk today helped me clear my mind, rebalance myself and get some much needed vitamin D from the brilliant sunshine gracing Vancouver today. I also brought a full water bottle with me and vowed to drink the entire thing before going home as I really don’t drink enough pure water. Between the walk and the cleansing action of drinking copious amounts of water today, I was able to return home feeling relaxed calm and relaxed.
I’m going to try to stick with this new routine. I’ve said it so many times before, but my life tends to get too hectic and taking care of my physical body somehow always slips to last place on my list of priorities. I learned today though, that if I take the time to take care of myself first thing, then the rest of the day’s tasks will flow much easier.
I’ve bitten off another stress load (as I too often do) and I am now juggling school (with finals in two weeks), a job with a hectic schedule, writing for my blog and for Hush Magazine as well as editing and running a team of four writers for Hush’s new Social Commentary section which I am in charge of. Between all of this comes all the extra-curriculars (like homework, editorial meetings, on-call shifts) as well as trying to make time for my family, friends and super amazing boyfriend (who has also just assumed a new role at a new job). Usually I would be spiralling towards a full mental breakdown right about now; my anxiety would be through the roof and I would be telling myself there is no way I can handle it all and that I should just quit life. Not this time. I am stressed, for sure. But I think what I’m feeling this time is healthy stress. I know I have responsibilities and I need to try my best to do my best, but if I can’t keep up with everything I am not going to beat myself up about it. I am doing these things for me, first and foremost, and if I am suffering because of them then I will re-prioritize and cut out whatever is holding me back. The world’s pressure is on me full force, but I’m giving myself a break. I’m only human after all.
In any case, my mind and physical body are a top priority right now and I intend to keep them that way. Good in, good out: If I nourish myself as best I can, then I will produce the best work I am capable of. That’s the thought process anyways. We’ll see how it goes:)
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