The change to daylight savings has been rough, but thankfully spring is around the corner 🌸!! Anyone else feeling the urge to dive into spring cleaning???
I have! Recently, Jonah came in and said the fridge looked bare...that it looked worse than it did before I cleaned because most of the papers were gone. I totally get it. I explained that it gives us space for new things to hang on the fridge (see photo). And, it doesn’t make the things we took off less special. (Side note, it can be really hard to release things. Honoring the items we are letting go of can help with that process…more on that later!)
Continually creating space is important all year round, but why?
💪 Physically, if you are feeling that urge to organize, clean, renew and refresh around the house, follow it…it helps keep energy flowing! Cardio exercise helps rid the body of waste and creates neurochemicals that improve our mood and deal with stress. Breathwork moves energy and can reset your nervous system to keep it regulated so you feel calm and alert. This also helps our children feel calm and safe because they co-regulate with us.
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🧠 Creating space mentally helps us shift our thinking. When we can’t focus, get frustrated, or can’t solve a problem, taking a break and moving our body helps with cognitive flexibility or getting our brain “unstuck”. This is a strategy I use with my students and son (and one my son has reminded me to use). It’s particularly helpful for those that have a harder time with cognitive flexibility due to brain differences seen with TBI, ADHD, Autism, and Alzheimer’s. Doing things like washing the dishes or cleaning out the pantry are tasks that help shift the brain...think, “Wax on, wax off.” Initially, this can be hard because it is the opposite of "powering through”, but stepping away will help you move through it!
💖 Creating space for ourselves emotionally is essential. We‘ve got to give ourselves space to process emotion and tap into our intuition. Go ahead and have that good cry! Emotions are energy and energy needs to move. We gotta let it out! When we are stuck in busy mode, we can’t process emotion or dive into our own healing to see what is the root of the issue and know how to handle difficult situations from a calm and reflective state.
🌀 Energetically, creating space allows us to leave room for new gifts to flow into our life! This relates to our physical environment, thoughts, and emotions, too. You may have a vision or goal, but is there room for it to enter your life? Think about how cutting back a rosebush actually facilitates growth 🌱
The space is where the beauty awaits 💫 !
Amanda Nitschke is a licensed speech-language pathologist, yoga teacher, & spiritual guide. She weaves together evidence based practices, neuroscience, and the healing arts in her coaching and therapy practice.