Mind Matters. Spring clean your headspace!Nov 18, 2022
As we find ourselves coming out of hibernation from what seems like a long winter, a sense of new beginnings may be upon you and for good reason. The mornings are getting lighter, and the evenings are drawing out, bringing a new cycle which represents planting new seeds, growth, and expansion.
Spring, ‘the king of all seasons’ is a fantastic time to check in with yourself and see what sneaky habits have crept in over winter that don’t have your best interests at heart. Perhaps you’ve been hitting the snooze button one too many times or drinking one too many cups of coffee to warm yourself up.
If you want to build on the energy that can come from our change in seasons, here’s some tools to accelerate your journey.
Use the power of visualisation to get what you want:
In the sports world, visualisation or ‘mental rehearsal’ is used to help athletes prepare for and enhance their physical game. This technique draws in direct focus to task, using the senses to dial down on the process of the goal rather than the outcome itself.
As we move into our new season, we have an opportunity to get clear on what we want for the coming months, and we can use visualisation to bring a goal to life and generate the all-important ingredient for success: ACTION.
When we mentally rehearse our goals and the process of reaching them, we are sending a strong message to our unconscious mind that we are ready and will be more likely to take the action required to make change. Science tells us that if you commit your goals to writing you are 40% more likely to achieve them. It also tells us that if you tell someone else about your goals you are 60% more likely to achieve them and if you have a Coach, you are 95% more likely to achieve success.
Adding visualisation to your goal setting toolbox will help bring your dreams to life.
If you are new to visualisation, here’s a couple of ideas to help get you started:
- Create a vision board
This can be a fun and visual way of bringing your goals to life. It’s really simple to do and serves as a daily reminder of your intentions. Use magazines and print outs to create your very own piece of goal setting art.
Be brave enough to think big. You are only limited by your imagination here, so remove your limited thinking and get creative.
- Visualisation meditations
There are plenty of good visualisation meditations out there which lead you through a guided goal setting visualisation, leaving time at the end to brain dump, set goals and put timelines on your goals.
So now you have your headspace covered, how can you give your body a shake up out of its winter slump and have it bouncing into spring?
Often water gets replaced for hot drinks over winter, so look to replace caffeinated drinks with water, herbal tea of warm water with lemon and ginger.
Nourish your body with whole foods like, split peas, lentils, chickpeas, quinoa, buckwheat and rye.
Increase the fibre in your diet with fruits and vegetables, such as apples, pears, apricots, berries, broccoli, carrots, okra and spinach
Catch the morning sun
Reset your circadian rhythm by getting up at the same time each day, taking yourself out for a walk around the block and getting some fresh air.
Showing up daily for yourself sends a strong message that your wants and needs are important. Cultivate a routine that is easy, fun and aligns with your values.