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How to spring clean your mind

Let Gabby Bernstein teach you.

Head outdoors with a positive attitude. Credit: Amana Images Head outdoors with a positive attitude.
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This has been an epic winter, but snowstorms, a polar vortex and slush can’t take us down. Jump start this new season with a great attitude and you’ll get that spring back in your step in no time. Follow my advice for spring cleaning the inner you and get ready to feel fresh.

Shake it up
Movement cleanses your mind and body. If you feel stagnant, jump on a bike, take a stroll through the park or do 10 jumping jacks. Keep it simple by committing to move in some way every day. Ten minutes of movement daily will clear your mind and energize your body.

Meditate briefly
One minute a day spent in stillness can change your life. Give yourself the greatest clearing of all and start a daily meditation practice. Simply breathe in your nose for five seconds, hold your breath for five seconds and release for five. Practice this breath pattern for one minute every day.

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Let it go
The age-old closet rule, “if you haven’t worn something in over a year, throw it out,” applies to the mind, too. If you’ve been obsessing over something out of your control for over a year, it’s time to let it go. Get honest with yourself about how you’ve been holding onto an outcome. Begin the releasing process by simply saying once a day, “I am ready to let this go.” This simple affirmation will ignite the releasing process and let the mental cleanse begin.

Recycle the junk
Much like it’s hard to part with old clothing items, it can be hard to part with old ideas. So rather than drop the belief altogether, I encourage you to replace it with a new one. Once you identify the negative beliefs that you’ve been holding onto, you can rewrite the script. Reaffirm a new belief that is more positive and energizing. For instance, if you’ve been saying, “I can’t lose weight,” recycle that thought with the affirmation, “This spring I’m ready to let go of the extra pounds.” Rephrasing your limiting beliefs will give you the positive reinforcement to clean your negative patterns.

 
 
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