Spring is in the air! Hopes of new beginnings and a personal sense of rebirth may be influencing your thoughts and emotions in ways that you’ve never thought or felt before.
Before the official arrival of spring, it’s worth tuning into ourselves and the environment around us on a deeper level so that we can mindfully choose how we want to the following season to unfold. This will help make the transition from winter to spring a lot smoother.
Eliminate physical clutter.
Spring cleaning around the home is a popular annual activity, but you don’t necessarily have to wait until spring has arrived in full force to be able to do it. Get a head start on your spring cleaning by slowly removing excess stuff from clutter hotspots around your home. Do your best to recycle, repurpose, or donate what you don’t want so that you can help the environment out a little at the same time.
Bring plant life into your home.
The leaves and flowers may not be in full bloom just yet, but you can welcome the beautiful gifts of Mother Nature early by adding some new houseplants to your favourite spaces for a little extra greenery and color. Flowering houseplants like orchids are beautiful in the spring, or you could try an air-purifying houseplant like a spider plant to help refresh some of the stale, contaminated air built up during the winter months.
Use spring-inspired essential oils.
Invigorate your spirit through your sense of smell by dabbling in aromatherapy during this seasonal transition. Yummy citrus scents like wild orange, lime, lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine will help energize you while floral scents like lavender, rose, geranium, and ylang yang will inspire you to embrace that sense of vigor and vitality that comes around this time of year.
Slowly begin replacing heavier foods with fresh foods.
Spring is often the time we start to lean more toward lighter, fresher foods and away from those heavier, comforting foods. Pay attention to your gut health and slowly start introducing fresh veggies and fruits back into your diet, like salads made with leafy greens or smoothies made with fresh berries and bananas. Remember to drink plenty of water too!
Wake up a little earlier.
Spring means longer days, and no doubt you’ve probably already noticed the sun starting to come up earlier and earlier as we draw closer to day and night being of equal length once again. Start waking up 10 minutes earlier every few days or so and use that time to meditate, do a visualization, extend your yoga practice, prepare an extra healthy breakfast, practice gratitude, or do something else that will serve you for the rest of the day.
Use these next few weeks before the official arrival of spring to mindfully focus on the above tips each a little each day, and you’ll be all set to ramp your energy up so you can take action and embody the person you want to be this spring. All it takes is a little mindfulness and consistency!