Ah! Finally Spring has arrived in the northern hemisphere. A time for renewal; growth; rebirth; and rejuvenation is upon us! Gone are those short, cold, gray days of winter as they are replaced by the longer, warmer, sun-filled days of Spring. Now I realize that here in the northeastern United States we are enjoying more of a “winter-wolf in Spring-sheep’s clothing” situation and we are still due for those late March snowstorms, but hey, we are all about being mindful and living in the moment. So we will be thankful for any 60° day we can get!
While life struggles to break itself free from the frozen earth and reach for the sun, it is the perfect time for us all to do the same. Allow the warmth to trigger changes in us as well. How about we explore some self-care tips for Spring? Try one, try two, try them all and bloom in your journey toward happiness, joy and inner-peace this Spring season.
1. Take Time For Yourself
This is a great tip for any time of year, but it is especially helpful in Spring. Just 10 minutes per day for yourself can completely change your mindset and give you the feeling of mindful gratitude we all crave. You have been through a long and tedious winter. Your anxiety levels may be at an all-time high as you try to just hold out long enough to feel that first warm breeze on your cheek. Take a moment every day to relax and breath it all in.
2. Declutter And Clean Up Your Space
Just as your mind may have become jumbled and chaotic over the winter months, so has your living environment. It seems silly, but an orderly and clean space leads to an orderly and clean mind.
3. Take A Walk Outside
Wait for a nice sunny day. Lace up those sneakers and get outside to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. No more being locked up inside breathing recycled air! Oh…and leave the mask at home! Go ahead and breath deep.
4. Freshen Up Your Meal Plans
We all know that we are what we eat. So change up your meal planning to reflect the change in your attitude! Think fresh vegetables, fruits and salads. Out with the soda and in with lemon and mint infused water. Eat dinner on the front porch? Sure! Stay light; stay refreshing; and stay filled with Vitamin -D!
5. Redecorate Or Rearrange
You would be surprised at how much of a difference this small step can make for your mental health and wellbeing. Redecorate your favorite room. Switch it up. A bit too pricy? No problem. Just rearrange the furniture! Maybe a new throw rug; or new curtains. Throw open those blinds and let the sun stream in to light up the darkened corners.
6. Spread The Love
If you want the universe to smile on you, give a smile to someone else. Go out of your way to do something nice for a fellow human – friend, foe or stranger.
Limit the screen time! I know, I know – Your whole life is in your phone. But listen, there is a whole beautiful world out there filled with very interesting souls. Do not let the world, or this gorgeous season, pass you by. We have all been locked away inside for so long that we could all use a break from technology. Use Spring as the excuse to reconnect to nature and the people around you. Well, you know, except for keeping up with your favorite blog! *wink wink, nudge nudge*
Spring is a great time to focus on your happiness. Get outside as much as possible and let the warmth dry out all those winter blues. Surround yourself with health and positivity and just watch the universe return it to you in multiples! We are on our way to swimsuit season, so enjoy yourself today!!