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Despite living with such uncertainty right now, I don’t want to forget what a beautiful season this is. As the garden begins to bloom, I’m reminded that spring is a time of promise and refreshed hope - perfect for starting over and creating new plans.
So, let’s look up and embrace the positivity that this season holds, shall we? Here’s a list of things that you can get started on today, try a couple of them or work through the whole list, the choice is yours.
GET BACK IN TOUCH WITH NATURE
As we practice social distancing, getting outside this season will take a little more creativity. But, if you have a garden then it’s time to get creative. Dust off the garden furniture and enjoy lunch outside - or better still enjoy a picnic. Run laps with the dog or get creative with outdoor games. If the weather isn’t on our side or if you have limited outdoor space be sure to open your windows, sit in a sunny spot of the house and nurture indoor plants to help nurture that sense of connection to nature.
DECLUTTER YOUR HOME
I LOVE to declutter and it’s a regular activity in my home because no matter how tidy we are there are always a few things that we hold onto that we really don’t need. Approach this however feels manageable for you, start with a cupboard, a wardrobe or a room - it’s amazing how great it feels once you get started. If you want to take a whole hearted approach then I can absolutely recommend the Kon Marie Method by the adorable Marie Kondo, it’ll make you see your belongings in a completely different way. However you approach it, be sure to recycle and donate everything that you no longer need because it can still create joy for someone else. Here's why decluttering helps to clear your mind.
UNPLUG FROM YOUR DEVICES
This is easier for some than others, I know. But, we’re all a little too reliant on our digital devices and it doesn’t hurt to take a break. It can actually feel quite liberating.
It might feel strange at first. But disconnecting from technology allows us to reconnect with ourselves. Start small, a few minutes of screen free time here and there and build up to more solid blocks of time away from technology. Aim for a few 15-30 minute blocks throughout your day and then build up to turning off at least 1-2 hours before bed and regularly enjoying mornings free from digital devices.
MAKE TIME TO STRETCH EACH DAY
Waking your body with a series of yoga stretches is a great way to start every day. It doesn’t have to be a full class, simply spend 5-10 minutes every morning flowing through the movements. Starting your day this way encourages you to pause before getting lost in the day and it also helps to settle your mind before the internal chatter takes over.
CLEAN UP YOUR DIET
Winter is the perfect time to enjoy some warming comfort food. Come spring, though, you may want to change things up again. I love making nourishing homemade soups with seasonal produce for those days when it still feels a bit too chilly for salad.
Most of us find it easier to make changes at this time of year. Maybe you want to start eating cleaner, fresher food and limiting the processed food in your diet or reducing sugar? Weaning yourself off some types of food isn’t always easy but take baby steps and persevere – you’ll be amazed how much better you feel!
REVIEW YOUR INTENTIONS
What do you want to achieve this year? Think back to January and any resolutions you made for the New Year. Are there any you’d still like to achieve? It’s a natural time for renewal and so if you want to start over with a new set of intentions for the year then this is the time to get started. Here are some tips on how to set new intentions for the coming months.
I hope these suggestions help you make the most of this beautiful season. It’s a wonderful time to make a fresh start and find the inspiration that you need to make those personal changes.
AUTHOR: LEANNA DOOLIN
Co – Founder of holistic skincare brand, Pure Thoughts and advocate for women finding pause in their day to breathe deeply, give thanks and reconnect to what matters. Loves early mornings, dogs and books that you can’t put down.