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Monday, 12 March 2012

Spring Clean Your Life

There are many, many ways to Spring Clean Your Life and I don’t want to create a long list. Here are just a few ideas that I hope will inspire you to make more of your own. The main thing is to make a positive change – evolution rather than revolution – let Spring make you feel that you are onto something new. So, here are 6 ideas to get you started:

Clean out Anger. Especially anger with yourself. If you need to say sorry to someone, do it and then move on. Maybe they hurt you, but you’re probably hurting yourself a lot more now by holding on to it. I encourage my clients to go and thump a pillow. Most find it tremendously energising and releasing. Nothing holds back your joy like anger and resentment, so let it go...

Make a Small Dietary Change – is there a particularly unhealthy food or drink that you indulge in too much? Try cutting it out and see what a difference that can make to your life.

Clear your Schedule – Are you one of these people who does too much? It seems that you can join most of the world in that one. How would it feel to create a space in your week that was just for you? It can be just a couple of hours, or it can be an evening. I know it’s not easy, but it can be done and it will give you a spring in your step.

Clean up your Time with Friends - we all have people in our lives who wear us down or expect too much of us. Spend more time with people you can relax, connect and be happy with. Don’t wait for them to contact you. Contact them today and arrange it.

Enjoy Being You. Don’t feel guilty for your pleasures and fun. If you like to go for a walk and are made to feel guilty about it, don’t let it stop you anymore. I am not suggesting that you become selfish overnight, but it would be good to do a bit more of what you fancy in the Spring. You are only alive once and Spring is a reminder of how it’s good to take your joys when you can.

Find a New Hobby (or take up an old one with renewed vigour). Try to make this a change from the normal. If you normally do things to exercise your mind, try your body and vice-versa. If you’ve always wanted to go to Yoga, take up golf, learn the piano or become a salsa goddess, now’s your chance.

David is a fully qualified and BACP registered Person Centred and Existential Counsellor. If you wish to move towards a fresh start or greater happiness in your life, you can book a face to face or skype session with him by ringing 07578 100256 or emailing him at

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