Spring is an excellent time of year to take a look around your life and decide what is no longer serving you. Foods in your diet that don’t make you feel good, friends or acquaintances who drain you instead of lift you up, clothes that simply do not fit anymore, and thoughts that keep you stuck and unhappy.
Have you heard the expression how you do one thing is how you do everything?
Never has a truer expression been said. Take a good look at your life. Are you a hoarder in every area? Look at your house – what is it filled with? Momentos from high school or that first lover? Now take a look at your clothing – are you hanging on to clothes that fit you 20 years ago that you’re hoping to fit into today? And your diet? Are you still eating like a 17 year old yet your metabolism has changed? This is a classic example of someone who is living in the past, yearning for a simpler time in her life, who is hanging on to the idea that her best days are gone and if ONLY she could fit into that dress she wore on that hot date with the amazingly hot guy, she could go back to that place again, instead of where she is today.
Apply this scenario to wherever you are today. Perhaps you were once really thin and now you’re overweight. Perhaps you were once healthy and now you’re sick. Perhaps you were once married and now you’re divorced.
When you start tidying one area of your life, it spills over to all areas of your life. This is why when I work with clients we focus on whole life coaching, not just nutrition. I can ask someone to eat kale all day long, but if they are used to putting themselves on the back burner and taking care of everyone else first, until we get to the root of that, they will never eat the kale for longer than a couple weeks (and then feel like a failure).
Where are you at in this continuum? This post requires you to shine a flashlight into those dark recesses of your heart and mind and shine a light on the ugly parts of you (which, in fact, are actually beautiful and what makes you strong and unique), and make some permanent changes to your life.
To get you started, here are 6 simple hacks you can do today to declutter your life:
Detoxing your diet
- Lemon water every day – nature’s perfect detoxifier.
- Introduce more garlic and ginger to your diet – soups, smoothies, salad dressings
- Ramp up your fibre intake – flax, brown rice, broccoli – scrubs you clean from the inside out.
Cleaning your pantry
- Clear out the cupboards entirety. Start by cleaning the shelves with a vinegar and water solution.
- Wipe down all the bottles with the same vinegar and water solution.
- Throw out anything with an expiry date that has passed.
- Throw out (or donate, although I don’t want people with low incomes eating this shit either) anything with a label of ingredients you cannot pronounce.
- Start seeing where you can begin to replace existing items with healthier ones. For example, replace white sugar with coconut sugar, replace high sodium soy sauce with gluten-free, organic tamari.
Scrubbing your friends list
- Facebook used to be all about real friends and family. A place to honestly connect and share pictures of your kids/dog/vacation. For some that is still the case, but for others (like me) it’s now a place to talk about your business, or share inspiration.
- I get on average 5-10 new friend requests a day and do not accept most of them. I don’t know who many of these people are, and frankly some of them are not even real people – before accepting the request, click on their name and see their profile. If it seems dodgy it probably is.
- But this scrub doesn’t just apply to Facebook. Who in your life no longer fits the direction you want to go? I always say: Friends either come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Categorize the people in your life and see where they fit. If they served a purpose or a lesson you’ve learned and moved on from, let them go energetically to free space for new people to enter your life.
Decluttering your house
- For this topic, I encourage you to buy this book. It’s the only resource you’ll need to tidy your house for good.
Detoxing toxic thoughts
- This is one of the most challenging things a person can do, but to start, I simply ask that you observe.
- When a negative thought comes in, observe it. Once you realize your thoughts, and become mindful of them, you can begin to change them.
- You can start making a list of your thoughts in a Thought Journal. Simply sit in observation for a little while, then you can move onto the deeper work that I do with my clients about actually shifting those thoughts into new ones that evoke the permanent change you are craving.
All of this really starts with one simple step. And like I said, how you do one thing is how you do everything, so once you start scrubbing your friends list, you’ll find you want to scrub your pantry, then your underwear drawer, then your innermost thoughts. This is how real, inner growth happens permanently.
Of course, I am also here if you want to talk about how I can help you in all of these areas. Schedule a free call with me today.
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