While climate issues may blur the change of seasons, there’s still something special about early spring. Perhaps it’s the warmer weather. Maybe it’s the budding flowers. For some, it could be baseball’s opening day. No matter what, the vibe is renewal and new possibilities. This doesn’t mean we each automatically swing into spring. Sometimes the shift in momentum needs a little push. Maybe even a shove.
6 Healthy Ways to Swing Mind and Body into Spring
1. Commit to a new lifestyle choice
What an ideal time to break out of at least one comfort zone. Where are you stuck? Where can branch out and evolve? Some fresh start options might include:
- Get into bed a little earlier each night, enjoy feeling rested when you wake
- Set the alarm earlier and get more done each morning, feeling accomplished
- Regularly turn off your phone and computer and read a real book
- Change your wardrobe, freshen things up!
- Experiment with your sexual repertoire
2. Stand up and get active!
They say sitting is the new smoking. So, plant your feet, stand tall, and get moving. Find new ways to work up a sweat. Suggestions:
- Sign up for a 5k run…and train like Rocky for it
- Try that Crossfit class everyone on your news feed is talking about
- Self-defense sessions keep you both healthy and safe
- Walk down to the local schoolyard and join a pick-up game of basketball
- Yoga and Tai Chi have been around for thousands of years—find out why
3. Get philosophical
The move from winter to spring is the perfect time to reflect. For every new beginning, old habits are shed. Sometimes it’s necessary to celebrate all ends of that spectrum. This could mean everything from crumbling tombstones to budding flowers. Consider a trip to the Historic Oakland Cemetery—not to grieve or ponder your mortality ( but you can if it feels good to get existential!) But rather, contemplate the annual bloom of daffodils in the cemetery’s famous gardens.
4. Get creative
As Mother Nature does her thing, why not join the fun? You can work wonders with colors. Or your preference may be to string along some verses into a lyrical poem. It could be music or dance or photography. Whatever medium you choose, embrace the spirit of spring as you express yourself.
5. Volunteer or even better, create your own habit of giving
Living is giving. Each day presents opportunities to assist others. There are local soup kitchens, animal shelters, and nursing homes that need your help. If that lights you up, go for it. However, you could come up with your own ideas for making a difference. For example, homeless women are less obvious than homeless men. They also have unique issues. Why not create small care packages to carry with you and hand out? Possible items to include:
- Packaged food
- Feminine hygiene products
- Hand sanitizers
- Socks and undershirts
- Lip balm
6. Why do you think they call it “spring cleaning”?
De-clutter. Get organized. Hold a yard sale. However you approach it, the idea is to literally create space in our lives. If you have clothes you haven’t worn in a year, say goodbye. Books, DVDs, and CDs can be donated to your local library. If it’s taking up space needlessly, it’s expendable.
The transition from winter to spring differs for each of us. Winter blues can create enough of an impact to make it challenging to move forward. You are not alone. Working one-on-one with a therapist is an ideal way to identify such a pattern. From there, you can work together as a team to formulate solutions and create new momentum. Reach out soon to make your spring the time of renewal it’s meant to be.