Spring cleaning -- we have a love/hate relationship. It's so important to clear the cobwebs and deep scrub the crevices, but did you know that spring cleaning can also improve your mental health?

If you've been sheltering in place for this past year, your home sanctuary may have at some point started feeling less soothing, more suffocating. Being surrounded by mess and disarray can be taxing on your mood, your productivity, and your overall well being. 

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Jaya Jaya Myra, a former immunologist turned mind-body wellness expert and bestselling author, said that cleaning your home will, indeed, help enhance your overall health and wellbeing. “Physical clutter equals mental clutter: it’s impossible to have a clear head when your space is dirty or unorganized. When someone comes to me to learn meditation or mindfulness, one of the first things I have people do is clean their house and keep their primary living space organized and clutter-free. Eliminating external clutter makes it much easier to meditate and be mindful, and it will also improve your mood, reduce stress and anxiety and more.”

Ready to get rid of stress and mess? Here are Myra's top tips to get started:

Tip #1: Start Small
Maybe it’s your desk or the room you spend the most time in. Commit to keeping your primary work or living area clean and clutter-free. Once you do this it will become easier to tackle those other places that need more work.

Tip #2: Prioritize Positive Emotions
If something you have doesn't make you feel good, for any reason, get rid of it to make space for something that does. This could be a piece or art, furniture, clothes, dishes, or just about anything. The stuff we have becomes a trigger for different emotional states, so when you choose to only have things around that evoke happiness or contentment, you create that in your life.

Tip #3: Breathe
Even cleaning your space can be daunting, so take a moment to breathe deeply and focus on the space you want to create for yourself. Breathing is connected to good mental health and lowering stress levels, so take a deep breath or ten before you start. It will help you focus and get motivated.

Spring cleaning will help you clear space -- literally and figuratively. Breathe a little easier; less mess and less stress. Win-win.

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