Spring has officially sprung! It is the season of renewal, a “rebirth” so to speak, when the daffodils poke their brave heads out of the soil and the last of the snow piles melt away for green grass. Nature makes changes for the brighter every year, so why not you? It’s time for a spring cleaning of the soul. Just as we can de-clutter, reorganize, and shine up our homes, we can also do the same for our brains and bodies. Your approach can be mental, emotional, spiritual, or any combination of the three.

To be mentally and emotionally well means to be in control of your emotions and behaviors; this makes you better able to handle inevitable life changes. Being spiritually well involves finding the meaning and purpose in your life. Find these by living each day in a way that reflects your values and beliefs. There is a common misconception that spiritual health is the same as religion, and though it can involve religion, it does not have to. Other ways to practice spirituality include mindfulness, journaling and meditation.

While it is important to refresh your home each spring, consider refreshing your mind as well. Taking steps to improve your mental, emotional, and/or spiritual health can change your outlook and attitude, give meaning to your actions, and guide your choices to be more healthy, wholesome and healing.

More spring well-being tips to come over the next three weeks!

Make it a Great Day!

  • Look within: Finding happiness, peace, and purpose internally will help you to find even more happiness in the external (hugs, puppies, and promotions), and accept and overcome negative external influence (a rainy day or bad news).
  • Turn the tables: It was once thought that success leads to happiness… New research shows that the opposite is true! Happiness leads to success! Happy people have the energy, optimism and goal-orientation to achieve. So, before you set out to achieve, check your outlook, and we don’t mean email! (APA)
  • Be resilient: Engage in practices that build and fortify your walls of emotional strength so that no matter what lemons you are handed in life, you are always drinking sweet lemonade. Maintain a hopeful outlook, take care of yourself, and form meaningful connections. (APA)

Sources: American Psychological Association, LifeWork Strategies EAP, and Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.