Happy Spring, friends! Spring is one of my favorites times of year. Well, not all of spring. I just really love the transition from winter to spring when you start getting the sunshine and it begins to warm so you can open up your windows. It’s just magical.
In this time of transition between seasons, there are so many more opportunities to take care of yourself. Now that your days are warming and it’s more reasonable to be outside and wear real clothes, you can implement some more self care.
- Go outside. Wherever you are, go outside. Get some Vitamin D! Walk through the fresh air. Some of my most frustrating of winter days were turned around by a simple walk around my neighborhood. Maybe you don’t go on a walk. Step outside and read a book or just have a glass of wine.
- Go on a hike. What better way to spend time outside than a hike? Fresh air, green trees, blooming flowers. Plus, with all this rain we’ve had here in Georgia, those waterfalls are going to be hauling!
- Buy a bouquet of flowers. Doesn’t everyone (without allergies) just love flowers? There’s nothing better than walking into your home and seeing a vase of beautiful flowers.
- Go to a farmer’s market. Most markets (around me at least) open around April. Connect with local vendors. Support local businesses. Get fresh produce.
- Use it! I’m someone who likes to save special things for special occasions. However, then I talk myself into believing that there is no occasion special enough for that bottle of wine or nice candle. Treat yourself and use what makes you happy!
- Stretch. I used to dance 4-5 days a week. Since then, I have lost a lot of my flexibility. As I’ve increased workouts, my muscles have gotten tighter. It’s a wonder what a good stretch will do for you. One of my absolute favorite things in the world is to just spend a few minutes on my foam roller. It’s a running joke in my family that I think everything can be solved with a foam roller, but I’m serious.
- Commit to water. The best estimate I’ve heard for how much water you need in order to see it’s effects is half of your body weight in ounces. (Ex. If you weigh 150 pounds, you need 75 ounces of water per day.)
- Plant a garden. I’ve invested in a raised bed garden for my house, and I am pumped! Not everyone has this option, but there are a ton of different ways you can grow plants at home! I just had some seeds sprout the other day and I was elated.
- Find a new way to be creative. Spring is all about being fresh, so find a fresh way to express yourself. That may be painting, calligraphy, coloring, or just writing in a journal.
- Get a library card! If nothing else, it’s a FREE way to rent movies, books, puzzles, games, and it gets you out of the house. The power of books is just amazing. Don’t believe me? Here’s how to become a reader.
- Try a new recipe, or make your favorite recipe. Recently, I made some soft pretzels, and I just forgot how much I love them. That simple recipe brought a light to my day.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Self care is more important now than ever. We’re locked in to our homes and instructed to avoid social gatherings. In speaking with my mom the other day, she said, “It’s like God is looking down and giving us the time we all complain we don’t have. Time with your family, time to slow down, time to just be.” I couldn’t agree more.
Hey, if any of you want to have a digital lunch/coffee/dinner date, let me know! Just because we are stuck at a distance doesn’t mean we have to shut ourselves off from communication.
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