Cleaning woman happy jumpingWith spring right around the corner, what better time to re-evaluate your personal life? Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. It is a time when both nature and humans wake up from their long winter’s nap. Let’s take the opportunity to look at our personal lives and make some changes to improve ourselves.

Relationships – Are you in a committed relationship? If you are, how is it? Are you happy? Do you and your partner communicate? Are your needs being satisfied? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, take some time to address your feelings. Write down how you are feeling, what could make you feel better and how you would like to communicate. Then set aside some time to discuss your feelings with your partner. If you aren’t in a relationship, are you happy that you aren’t? If you are unhappy, think about what you can do to get into a satisfying relationship. It could be as easy as taking up a new hobby to meet new people or enrolling in a self-improvement course to get you on the right track.

Commitments – We all, especially women, have a tendency to over commit ourselves. Whether it is an extra assignment at work, an obligation to a friend or family member, we are BOOKED UP! Take a look at your calendar and evaluate what you HAVE to do. Identify some items that you can delegate to others or simply take off of your calendar. Once you have done that, make sure you schedule some “ME” time on your calendar. If you don’t write it down and block off that time, you won’t do it.

Health – Are you up to date on your annual exams? Is it time to get rid of those extra pounds you have been carrying around? Take this opportunity to get yourself checked out and on the right track to getting healthy. Being healthy has an impact on so many other aspects of your life.

Growth – We should never stop growing and learning new things. Have you always wanted to learn to cook? Or maybe take up painting or photography? Then DO IT! Local community colleges, learning centers and community centers offer many opportunities for learning. Once you’ve mastered your new skill, make sure and share it with your friends and family.

As we appreciate the beauty and renewal that spring brings, we need to take some time to appreciate ourselves. Take a step back, evaluate your life, health and relationships and get ready to enjoy spring and a whole new you!

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Marta Rocha

About the Author: Marta Rocha is a Mental Health Counselor. Marta is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English. Marta Rocha is specialized in the areas of Marriage Counseling, Family Issues, Stress Management, Leadership Training, Anxiety, Depression, Sports Psychology, Grief, and Substance Abuse & Addictions. Marta Rocha has 12 years of experience in sales & marketing, advertising, promotions, management, and professional development. Her professional affiliations are with the American Counseling Association, and the American Association of Christian Counselors.

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