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Spring Cleaning Your Life

By: Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of the Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Coordinator

Posted on April 20, 2020

This time of year, we're all getting ready to channel our inner Marie Kondo and get started on spring cleaning and organizing. But when is the last time you stopped to think about spring cleaning your life, and not just your room?

As we go through life, we are continually collecting experiences that help make us who we are - some positive, and some not so positive. Those experiences are important for who we have become and what we have learned, and there might be some things from those experiences we are still holding onto that are no longer helping us.

And while we can't physically get rid of these things, we can try and give them a little less control in our lives. Here are some tips to help with spring cleaning in your life:

- Focus on what you have gained from an experience, even the hard and difficult ones. Perhaps a sense of resilience, an important lesson, etc.

- Cultivate a sense of gratitude for what you have experienced and acknowledge how it has made you the person you are today.

- Lean in and don't avoid the thoughts and memories from the experience, instead acknowledging them and then anchoring yourself in the present with your breath, or the fresh air, or feeling of sun on your face.

Erin Birely, LCPC started working as the Team Leader of the Renfrew Center of Baltimore in September 2016, and took on the position of Alumni Coordinator in October of this year. In both positions Erin enjoys working with people to make positive and long lasting changes in life through therapy, building their emotional tolerance, and building a community to support them. Prior to joining Renfrew, Erin had worked in private practice as well as inpatient, partial, and intensive outpatient levels of care. Erin has worked in the field of eating disorder treatment since receiving her Master's degree in 2012. When not working Erin enjoys spending times with friends and family, as well as working on home improvement projects.
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