Spring is a time of renewal and growth and MAYBE a time to brush away a few cobwebs. Those hanging from the ceiling and those in other areas of our lives.

Capitalize on the fresh air and increased light to jump-start your motivation and energy to get a new perspective in your home, your habits, or even your relationships.

You can do some spring cleaning that may affect your mental health positively.

Choose to clean out a closet. Pull out everything and only put those things back in that you have touched or used in the past 12 months (or less), Get some baskets and organize the shoes, outdoor wear, hats, etc. Donate the things you don't need. Giving to others can lift our spirits. Having an organized closet can clear your mind, and give you increased energy and motivation. Check out the Minimal Mom, our friend, Dawn Madsen for more tips.

Change the physical space in your home. Something as simple as rearranging your furniture can create new pathways physically and mentally. (If you end up not liking it, you can put it back). Try a new paint color or some new pillows. The exercise of thinking outside the box might be the true benefit. There might be a few cobwebs in your brain that need wiping away.

Do a social media sweep. Look at your content and evaluate if it is adding value to your life. If the answer is no, then swipe it away.

Reconnect with people you haven't seen for a while. Our neighborhood can come alive in the summer after a long, cold, winter with people spending more time outside talking, exercising, working in their yards, barbecuing, etc. This reconnection can help to invigorate us not only socially, but physically and mentally.

Assess your relationships. This doesn't mean we are going to end every relationship where there are problems, we can choose to work together to create a better relationship or if that isn't possible right now, we might step back a bit and just not give as much attention to the relationships that affect us negatively and more to those that increase our positivity.

Have fun sweeping away those cobwebs and making space for more positivity.

Dr. Paul