In many areas of the country, spring reminds us of new beginnings. The outside world awakens from the cold, gray winter and blooms into the colors of summer. Spring is also a time of rejuvenation inside our homes as many people use this time to purge during “spring cleaning.”

With all these new beginnings indoors and out, it is also helpful to spruce up our minds. Cleaning out mental clutter, such as stress, anxiety, racing thoughts and negative feelings, is an essential step to maintaining good metal health.

Here are a few easy tips for reducing your mental clutter:

  • Practice mindfulness. With as little as five minutes, you can quiet your mind by focusing on breathing techniques, which can help relieve stress and anxiety and facilitate more restful sleep.
  • Start a workout routine. Exercise can help relieve stress, boost your mood and improve your overall health. You don’t have to become a gym rat. Just 30 minutes of light exercise like a walk around your neighborhood can have a big impact.
  • Change your mindset. Looking for the silver lining and practicing gratitude can help you feel happier and lead to better relationships.
  • Reduce your distractions. Turning off your phone and stepping away from email and other electronic distractions can also help reduce mental clutter. You’ll also be amazed at how much more you can accomplish without these distractions.
  • Consider your EAP. Your EAP provides a variety of resources and services that can help you overcome many of life’s challenges. Reaching out for help is sometimes a crucial first step.