Spring has erupted with an outbreak of green buds, insanely happy twittering birds and a sales surge in allergy meds.
Synonymous with spring is spring cleaning, that time when we attack every inch of our lives with renewed determination to clear out the cobwebs.
Spring House Cleaning
Hubby’s idea of spring cleaning – or otherwise – is to throw all the out-of-place things in a closet, on a shelf or in layers in drawers. His redemption comes from his incredible speed. He can take an upside-down room and make it “appear” guest-ready in no time.
Conversely, I deep clean a room by attacking the drawers, closets and anything else attackable. My spring or fall cleaning can take 10-13 days. I suck out dust-germies behind drawers with a shop vac, pull the curtains down, scrub walls and baseboards, etc. Nothing is safe!
Spring is also a time to air out our frontal and temporal lobes, as well as our cerebellums.
My prescribed formula for this therapeutic brain drain *see below* works especially well for overworked executives/office personnel, students, all medical folks, beleaguered moms/dads and red-eyed, swollen authors breathlessly huffing and puffing to write constantly while building a grand social platform the size of the Pacific Ocean.
Jodi’s Recommended Brain-Cleansing Method
Lollygag. Hard. On your living-room couch, in a pool chair, lounger or in a hammock for a minimum of two hours. Do not think any deeper than, “What can I pig-out on later . . . wonder what’s on the tube tonight . . . why are stick figures so creepy . . .”
Stuff like that.
Absolutely no telephones or electronic gadgets allowed.
Yes I know.
Disengaging from our screens is like asking us to nose-push a pinto bean from San Francisco to the top of Pike’s Peak.
But you can do it. That screen is a wimp. A weenie. You are powerful. You are Iron.
I believe in you!
Sigh. Just try it, okay?
I boldly proclaim two sessions of concentrated lollygagging will shake off the chaotic grundge and prepare you for vacation and those lazy hazy days of summer.
And guess what? It just might reintroduce you to
. . . silence.
. . . idle fingers.
…going without any outside communication for two whole hours.
Just remember…a drained brain is a happy brain!
What is your method of shaking off your worries and responsibilities on the eve of a long weekend or vacation? What about spring cleaning . . . do you do it? Is it a family affair? Please share!
Just for fun . . .
Time away from electronics and screens is what I’m looking forward to next week when I head to Hawaii for the first time. Beach, sun, sand, and the company of a long-time friend. I’m hoping it clears the fog and the cobwebs from my funny little brain so I’m ready to dig into my first round of edits. 🙂
Tami, that sounds perfect. Can I go with you? Lol! Thanks for stopping by!
I’ve been “spring cleaning” too — even though it’s autumn here. I have a massive long list and try to tackle a little at a time.
The screen downtime (while doing nothing else) is a tricky one. I could probably do it, but it would be hard! It would probably be more achievable if I went to the beach or a park, rather than stayed home where all the things that needed to be done were staring at me!
That’s the secret, Ellen…get away from the house for an effective Brain Drain.