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Despite the recent weather, spring is in the air. It may have been flattened by the heavy snow, but even today the hyacinths are blooming in the garden, leaning into the sun. It’s a wonderful sight!
If you’re feeling glad to see some sun and you want to make the most of spring this year, I’ve come up with some fantastic ways to do just that. Try one or all of these – I think you’ll feel amazed at the results you’ll get.
GET BACK IN TOUCH WITH NATURE
There are many wonderful ways to do this. For example, you could plan a refreshing walk a few times a week. Local parks and open spaces are ideal. How many green spaces are close to your home or workplace? You can also fling open your windows to allow for greater airflow through your home. It makes every day feel more refreshing, even when you don’t have time to go out.
When the weather permits, you could plan a picnic. You could even meditate outdoors if you know somewhere that would be suitable. I love nothing better than to head out first thing in the morning before the rest of the world wakes up. A dog walk at 7am on a Sunday… now that is a great way to get back in touch with nature!
DECLUTTER YOUR HOME
I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to get stuck into some decluttering. It’s always an Easter activity in my home, but I do indulge in it at other times too.
Whether you declutter and clear out a cupboard, a wardrobe, a room, or your whole property, it’s amazing how refreshing it feels. Donate whatever you can, sell items online if they have a market, and repurpose things as well. But don’t hang onto things that have served their purpose and are no longer required.
UNPLUG FROM YOUR DEVICES
I know, it’s hard to do, isn’t it? We all rely on our tablets and phones far too much. But it feels wonderful to switch them off and put them in a drawer for a while each day.
It might feel strange at first. You might struggle to fill the time with other things. But you could simply sit and be. You could meditate or read that book you’ve been meaning to get around to. You could go outside and appreciate a nice day when it comes along. Technology is useful, but it can also suck untold amounts of time from your day (and your life).
Make it your intention to unplug for a short time each day. Chances are you’ll find yourself doing it more often. Read more about how to get started.
MAKE TIME TO STRETCH EACH DAY
You can’t beat a good stretch to start the day. But instead of doing it quickly when you get out of bed, spend five minutes or so going through a series of stretches. (You can find lots of suggestions, pictures, and instructions online.)
It’s easy to get into that cycle of rushing every day especially when you have lots to do. Starting as you mean to go on makes it far easier to settle your mind and your body before the day truly begins.
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. Homemade soups are nourishing and still welcome in spring, when the days can still be chilly and you don’t feel quite ready for salads yet.
I find it easier to make changes at this time of year. It’s my intention this spring to reduce the amount of sugar in my diet, I’m already mindful of how much I eat but I do feel that I could be doing more. For you it could be eating cleaner, fresher food or limiting the processed food that you have a habit of grabbing for lunch? 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 pursue? Spring is a time of renewal, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you’ve dropped a New Year’s Resolution you came up with at the end of last year. This is the time to get started once again if it still fires you up. Here's my favourite 5 tips on how to set new intentions for the coming months.
HOW WILL YOU APPROACH THE NEW SEASON?
Spring is a time for renewal. This shows most in nature, but it is a time of renewal for us too. I hope these suggestions help you make the best of this beautiful season. It’s one of my favourites, and I find that adopting some of the methods above really helps to give me the new start I need at this time of year.
It’s possible to feel renewed, refreshed, and ready to step into the new season – and it’s really much easier than you think.
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.