Spring is a time for regrowth and renewal. Many people spend time cleaning their physical spaces, and while a clean house can help clear your mind, spring is an even better time to “take stock” of your mental health. Being mindful allows us to be better prepared to handle any life stresses and be more in-tuned with ourselves.
Every year we accumulate mental dirt in our minds and hearts. Decluttering the negative thoughts and feelings and embracing positive things in your life helps you start the season refreshed. This time of reflection can provide a boost and a sense of relief and accomplishment, which can be beneficial for those who suffer from depression.
Here’s a mental and emotional spring-cleaning checklist to help you get started:
- Forgive yourself
- Set intentions
- Make a plan
- Live in the moment
- Plan your ideal future
- Tell your truth
- Jot your feelings and thoughts down in a journal
- Remove toxic relationships and drama
- Quit bad habits
- Stop negative talk/thoughts
Spring cleaning allows for new beginnings and a chance to recreate ourselves. We have an opportunity to become in control of our emotions, feelings and actions for personal growth. When we take care of our mental health, we are able to appreciate the beauty and joy of the season.
If by the end of completing this checklist you feel you may be suffering from depression, these exercises make a great starting point for seeking help from a professional. Many depression sufferers do not know how to talk to their doctor about depression. This is one reason why 50% of people with major depression don’t seek treatment or help. Fortunately, depression is one of the most treatable mental disorders.
There are a variety of treatments options to help you. Because no two people are affected by depression the same way, there is no “one-size-fits-all” for treatment. One such treatment method is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS). This non-invasive, FDA approved therapy stimulates the area of the brain known to control mood in order to relieve symptoms of depression.
TMS Neuro Institute is one of the earliest adopters in TMS to treat depression in Southern California. TMS Neuro Institute has successfully helped thousands of patients for whom the traditional methods of treating depression—medication and psychotherapy—did not work. To schedule a consultation, call 323.655.3747 or take our TMS Therapy Self-Assessment online here.