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Spring cleaning your life

By Nancy Lama Mar 10, 2023
trees during the springThe bright colours of spring can keep your spirits up. Credit: Jan Huber

The start of spring is quickly approaching. On March 20 the spring equinox will take place when the day and night will be of equal length.

Known for new beginnings, spring brings in new life with flowers opening, animals waking up from hibernation and seasonal produce in prospect.

With this in mind, you could assume that the new year should fall in the spring, when both the weather and the populace are a little friendlier. In some states in India this is the case.

But in the UK if the year has got off to a slow start for you, don’t worry, you have another chance to start over with spring.

woman holding wheat in a field
Clear your mind for a new season. Credit: Rana Sawalha/Unsplash

Thus, a decluttering or “spring cleaning” is a good way to start. This can involve cleaning out the junk draw or getting rid of old clothing and unneeded items.

The saying “clean space equals clean mind” suggests maintaining a tidy environment can have a positive impact on our mental health.

Cleaning up your physical environment is a way to show yourself self-love. It makes you feel clean and working in a neat environment helps you concentrate on the task at hand.

However, don’t just focus on the physical space. Our minds also need a cleanse, given that many students experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which affects around two million people in the UK yearly.

While it’s not guaranteed that seasonal depression will magically disappear once spring arrives, ideally the warmer days will make everyone feel more energised.

With the longer days already helping us, embrace the new season and beginnings ahead.

Much as with New Year’s resolutions, you can try out new hobbies or beneficial habits for the new season. Or, pick up the resolutions you didn’t keep and try to start afresh.

By Nancy Lama

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