When you think of spring cleaning, you may have an image in your mind of family members gathering around with mops in their hands. That’s because spring is a good time to make your home and workspaces sparkling clean and clutter free.
However, there’s something else you should pay attention to as well, and that’s keeping a clear and happy mindset.
If you find that you’re having trouble dealing with the stresses that occur when you’re a WLS patient and you need to sort out your thoughts and feelings, it will benefit you to use some of your spring cleaning time on yourself!
Try some of the following tips to reorganize your thoughts and feelings:
Get rid of anger. There are many negative emotions that you can eliminate during spring cleaning time, and anger is one of those emotions. You need to deal with it and then throw it away.
- Ensure you handle it effectively rather than hide it away. If you try to just push it away, it’ll just grow stronger and cause you more stress. Face your anger and make a plan to find solutions for your issues, or simply let go. Don’t let unmanaged stress make you return to old, unhealthy habits that can derail your progress.
Focus on forgiveness. Focus on forgiveness if you’re holding on to negative emotions. You may not feel that the person you need to forgive deserves it, but you deserve to finally be at peace. Think of it as doing something for yourself instead of letting someone off the hook.
- Add yourself to the list of people who you may need to forgive. Making mistakes and having slip-ups is completely and totally human. Don’t be so hard on yourself that you end up taking one slip-up and turning it into an entire bad day, let alone a week!
Make a list of goals that you wanted to achieve after having WLS. Just as you make a list of your chores during cleaning, make a list of some of your short-term and long-term dreams and goals. When you list them out on paper, it gives you something concrete to look at throughout the day. Remembering why you underwent the arduous process of qualifying for, and then undergoing WLS will help to motivate you to stay on track.
- Post your list where you’ll see it often, and cross things off as you accomplish them. You can add it to a daily reminder on your computer or smart phone, leave yourself a voice memo that you can play during your commute or drive time (be sure you are not driving distracted!).
Be open to new ideas that can help increase your level of success. When you open yourself to new situations, new ideas, and new motivations, you’ll bring a new freshness and more opportunities into your WLS journey. It might feel safe to stay closed off, but eventually you’ll feel that things have become stale. Remember that changing old habits that weren’t helping you reach your goals is one of the primary motivating factors that move you closer to achieving success.
Don’t be afraid to have fun during your WLS journey. Spring cleaning for your home or mind doesn’t have to be a chore. With the right attitude, it can be fun to bring change into your life. It’s like getting a fresh start and you can focus on your new beginning.
- Remember all the new skills and strengths you are acquiring. Take a reflective look back on things you couldn’t have done prior to WLS, and the activities you’ll be able to take part in as you get healthier. Enjoy your new potential and celebrate the small victories!
Stop to enjoy life and nature. Learn to see the beauty in things that you’ve taken for granted. Take a walk and get some fresh air, or get up early one day to watch the sunrise. These things will give you new perspectives on life – both the one you have already experienced and the one ahead of you.
Focus on organization. Just like you would organize your house when it becomes too cluttered, take this opportunity to learn to organize your mind when it becomes cluttered too. Avoid letting jumbled thoughts overpower your thinking process. Learn to use a calm approach and deal with one situation at a time.
- Take some time out of each day to clear your mind. You can accomplish this through meditation, prayer, or anything that relaxes you.
Remember, you’re a very important person, and more important than those other things you clean every spring. Use these tips to spring clean your mind, and enjoy your new beginning free from stresses and negativity.