"My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance." - Erma Bombeck
As a child, I remember hearing the adults in my life talk about Spring cleaning as a necessary rite of the season. It apparently involved polishing, cleaning and dusting everything from the floors to the ceilings! It made me tired just to hear them talk about it. I decided then that it was nothing I would ever do! I have stuck by that promise as an adult, but participate in a different type of spring cleaning. There is an internal Spring cleaning that I do regarding my attitudes and behaviors.
I am a dog lover and recently read an article by Cesar Millan, the famous dog whisperer, entitled What Your Pet Can Teach You which encouraged me on my quest to undergo an internal spring cleaning. These ideas came from that article.
Live in the moment.
Nurture a balanced life.
Trust your instincts.
Be direct and consistent in your communication.
Learn to listen.
Don’t hold grudges.
Celebrate every day.
I am not sure that my definition of Spring cleaning is any easier to complete than my mother's was, but my attitudes and behaviors will certainly be as clear and shiny as the windows in my childhood home! If you are interested in doing some Spring cleaning of your own or need help with any other issues, remember that your EAP counselors are always available to help. We can be reached at 901-683-5658.
Author: Colleen Bonadio, LPC, CEAP, NBCC has been in the field of behavioral health at Methodist Healthcare for over 20 years, and has been with the Methodist Healthcare EAP as a counselor since 1997. She is a National Board Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Employee Assistance Professional, and a member of the Employee Assistance Professional Association. She received her B.A. degree from Thiel College in PA, and completed graduate work at Penn State University in Pennsylvania before moving to Tennessee. She got her Masters in Counseling from Memphis State University in 1996.