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The widely popular symbols of Spring: the deep purple crocus, brightly coloured eggs, fuzzy chicks, rabbits, and the robin are accepted symbols of new beginnings, new life, fertility, and freedom – and firmly rooted in ancient traditions.
Blossoming branches of fruit and nut trees hold a special place in our ancestors’ collective unconscious. To them, the blossoms were sacred and held the Goddess’ promise of life and abundance. Ancient Romans revered the blossoming almond, showering newlyweds with the nuts as a fertility charm.
For our modern human psyche, the seemingly sudden bursts of colour remind us of an eternal cycle of fresh starts, a recurring miracle. One day cocooned buds add diminutive points of colour to dark branches. Overnight, the buds unfold into tiny blossoms, multi-pedalled gems. Life begins anew, offering the promise of sustenance as the year ripens. As we step into a new season we are reminded to not only spring clean our homes and dusty shelves but to do the work of clearing out the distractions that could often get in the way of us being the best version of ourselves.
Giving your brain a quick reboot when you feel stressed or stuck can help clear out the backlog of thoughts in your working memory and leave you with a tidier mental workspace. Think about a desk stacked high with bits and pieces of different projects, memos, and important papers. When you need to find a specific piece of information, this clutter might make your job pretty difficult. Similarly, when unnecessary or troubling thoughts pile up in your brain, you might end up cycling through the same unwanted mental data.
A fruitless search for a memory or other important thought can leave you feeling foggy and overwhelmed. Not to worry, though — when it seems your mind isn’t operating as smoothly as it could, the eight tips below might do the trick.
Learning to mindfully direct your attention to one task at a time can help you gently let go of those background thoughts. They’re still there, but they’re resting more quietly under the surface instead of clamouring for your attention. This helps free up mental bandwidth, making experiences more enjoyable and less rushed. You’ll probably notice your thoughts continue to drift occasionally. This is normal, so try not to criticize yourself for not being mindful enough. Instead, just return your thoughts to whatever you want to focus on. It can take time to pick up this skill, but eventually your mind will grow accustomed to staying present.
The spring season allows the platform for one to do all these and embrace the new changes, opportunities, challenges and overcoming them thereafter. If you listen to music regularly, you may have already noticed it makes it easier to keep your attention on your work and complete it successfully. Maybe you even have a few choice songs that help you refresh between tasks and switch your focus, or a playlist that provides a sense of calm when you feel bombarded by anxious thoughts.
You probably aren’t imagining those effects, so keep listening — music has plenty of benefits. As procrastinators the world over know, an intense cleaning session offers the perfect escape from a difficult or unpleasant task. There may be more to this particular approach than simply putting off your work, though.
Consider your reasons for procrastination. Perhaps you feel stuck or unsure how to get started. You may not realize it, but your surrounding environment can have a big impact on your mental environment. When your brain feels just as cluttered as your desk, you might have trouble concentrating or grasping the ideas you’re searching for. As a result, you end up finding ways to distract yourself from your lack of productivity.