Now that spring has arrived, you’ll be spending more time outdoors. Before you busy yourself with additional work and obligations, why not take a few minutes to engage in some self-care? Doing so will lift your spirits, nourish your body, and give you the deep relaxation you crave. If you’re new to the idea of self-care, you’re in for a treat because it’s a deeply personal practice that you can customize with the changing of the seasons.
Here are 10 spring-themed self-care activities for you to enjoy this year:
1. Embrace your inner Marie Kondo.
Now is the time to start getting your life organized. It doesn’t matter if you embrace the trendy KonMari method or come up with a system of your own that works best for you. Getting your personal, professional, and even digital life in order makes things run more smoothly here on out. You’ll free up time you didn’t know existed in your calendar, get rid of things you no longer need, and experience greater freedom as a result of it.
2. Get grounded.
Feeling the earth between your toes is something you seldom do. Now that it’s spring and the sun is shining, it’s time to do just that. Go outdoors, find a patch of green grass, take your shoes off, and feel closer to Mother Earth than you ever have before.
3. Dig in the dirt.
Gardening is a truly satisfying activity that you can start enjoying in early spring. Even if you live in the city, you can start container gardening, hydroponic gardening indoors or even herb gardening in a planter box. The idea is to get something planted soon.
4. Upgrade your H2O.
Add fresh, in-season fruits, vegetables, and herbs to your water to give it a healthy boost of vitamins and minerals. It’s a welcome change from plain H2O, and better for you than a wide variety of other beverages that contain sugar.
5. Try ‘forest bathing’.
Similar to grounding, this Japanese practice involves engaging with nature through all of your senses. It’s a way to disconnect from the digital world and get closer to the natural world. Spending time outdoors can reduce stress and lead to better health by lowering your blood pressure, deepening your breathing, and giving yourself a break from the things that trouble you.
6. Enjoy more leafy greens in your diet.
Start making recipes with spinach, kale, swiss chard, mustard greens, and collard greens. You’ll benefit from a boost of vitamins and minerals by eating what’s in season. If you have a hard time finding fresh vegetables where you live, frozen will do just fine, too.
7. Dust off your walking or running shoes.
Make exercise a daily practice. Walk, jog or run to give your heart a good workout. Recruit a family member, friend or pet to join you.
8. Make May about mindfulness.
Be mindful. Set intentions and follow them. Rather than rush through your schedule, take your time and note how each activity makes you feel.
9. Volunteer in your community.
Give back to others in need. You’ll feel incredible when you pitch in and help out. Find a group or organization that can benefit from your time, talent or money.
10. Take a mid-afternoon nap.
Get some extra rest. Most people are chronically tired. Make up for lost time by buying a hammock and sleeping outdoors before the sun gets its hottest during the day.
Enjoy different self-care practices with each new season. Make caring for yourself and tending to your needs a priority. You’ll look and feel better as well as be able to take care of the people in your life more attentively.
Self-care is the most personal form of healthcare that there is. Feel free to explore the list of ideas we’ve provided for you and to come up with your own. You’ll love giving yourself the VIP treatment this spring.