With the weather warming up, flowers beginning to bloom and the winter blues starting to melt away, Spring is a period of rejuvenation.
The past year has been a challenging one. Illness, isolation, unemployment and more have had devastating mental and emotional impacts on people around the world. Now is a good time to look inside and reflect on what you can do to improve your wellbeing. Even tiny lifestyle changes can lead to significant improvements in the long run.
While we typically think of Spring Cleaning as sprucing up our space, there are plenty of other ways to “Spring Clean” your life this season. Here are some ideas on how to “Spring Clean” your life, based on your Enneagram type.
Enneagram Type 1: Change up your routines.
You’re a creature of habit, so it’s a good time to consider new ways of doing things. You may experience some pretty major changes soon — like going back to work in the office or having more time to yourself with family members out of the house. Take advantage of this transition period by changing up your routines. Examine your current habits and consider where you’re at in each area of your life versus where you’d like to be. How can modifying your daily rituals improve your overall health?
Enneagram Type 2: Redefine your core values.
You’re always expressing love toward others, but what about yourself? Take a break from focusing on others’ needs and make time to focus on what’s truly important to YOU. Book a solo weekend getaway or have an at-home spa day. Treat yourself to the love and care that you so eagerly share with your loved ones. Use this time of rest to reflect on your core values. What really matters to you — apart from what everyone else needs and expects? Ask yourself what needs to change to ensure you are living a life that’s more aligned with these values.
Enneagram Type 3: Clear your schedule.
You can only do so much. Make more time for yourself and the activities that energize you the most. If you’re planning an upcoming vacation, commit to totally unplugging. Turn on your out-of-office and turn off those notifications so you can fully immerse yourself in the experience — whether it’s a solo trip or with the people you love. Challenge yourself to spend more time thinking and reflecting, rather than doing and performing. Not every experience has to be an Instagram post. Practice simply enjoying the moment.
Enneagram Type 4: Start a new hobby.
Get out of your head and channel your creative energy into learning a new language, taking up a new hobby, or whatever seems fun to you! You know yourself really well — consider hobbies that give you an opportunity to get to know other people. By joining groups centered around hobbies or topics you enjoy, you’ll be able to connect with like-minded individuals. The more high-quality connections that you make, the more you’ll feel appreciated for all you have to offer.
Enneagram Type 5: Clear out your tech.
You’re constantly seeking new information, but sometimes taking in too much info can negatively impact your well-being. Bring more peace to your life by deleting unused apps, unsubscribing from unnecessary email lists and unfollowing negative people. Shift your attention to learning about things that benefit your mental, physical or spiritual health instead. Take time to simply sit and meditate on new ideas, knowledge and insights as you experience them.
Enneagram Type 6: Declutter your mind.
You’re constantly planning ahead. Use this period to focus on being present. In place of constantly overthinking and over preparing, give your mind a break by practicing yoga or meditation. Find or create a space in your home where you feel safe and relaxed, then commit to a daily morning or evening time frame where you can practice breathing, stretching and just being present in the moment. This practice will not only give your brain a break, but it will also help to ease anxiety and stress.
Enneagram Type 7: Tidy up your space.
Your home office, your car, your junk drawer — clutter distracts from your already busy life. And we get it — cleaning is boring. But the good news is that you’re anything but boring! Turn housework and organization into a party. Blast some music or invite a friend over to help sort through your closet. Cap off the event by donating the old stuff to your favorite charity and celebrate your accomplishment by doing something you love.
Enneagram Type 8: Clean up your relationships.
You’ve got a lot going on. Now’s a good time to prioritize catching up with friends and family. You’re not totally comfortable being raw and open with other people, but growth happens when you learn to embrace your vulnerability. Cleaning up your relationships may also mean identifying the people in your life who aren’t positively contributing to your health and wellbeing. Remember — you are the only person you can fully control. Set boundaries around the relationships that don’t lift you up.
Enneagram Type 9: Discover what you love.
If your typical way of de-stressing is by binging comfort shows and sleeping in, consider more meaningful ways to spend your rest time. Look for things to do that are both relaxing and inspiring. Is there a hobby you’ve always been interested in trying out or an intriguing topic you’d like to learn more about? Listen to your gut and follow passions that feel truly purposeful to you. You have unique interests and talents. Find them — then show them off!