Spring has sprung! While everything in nature is busy turning over a shiny new leaf, why not follow suit with a little spring renewal of your own?
Entering the season of spring after this past year seems especially hopeful. As we emerge from not only winter but the restrictions of a pandemic. There is hope for the potential to see family and friends again in a safe way as the temperature outside becomes warmer. Our bodies, minds, and spirits have been under a great deal of stress over the past year. There is no doubt that our “issues live in our tissues” and we may be experiencing physical and emotional symptoms as a result of this prolonged stress. Spring is a perfect time to begin to return to outdoor warmer weather activities to revitalize ourselves, our gardens, and our relationships with friends.
Here are a few ways to dust yourself off and let the sunshine in again:
Start your spring cleaning
The first thing you can do to renew yourself this spring is to take the time to declutter your living space of the things you no longer need. A clean and organized space can give you that invigorating feeling to promote the positive changes you want to make in your life. At times, your living space is a reflection of how you’re feeling internally. If you’ve been building up stress or negative emotions from work and everyday life, you might find your room has been left in a distressed state—a parallel to how you felt at the moment.
Go to bed and wake up early
There is an array of benefits that come with waking up early: You have more time to enjoy the sun and the day. Moreover, you’ll be able to focus on the smaller things you may enjoy such as reading, writing, or watching a few episodes of your favorite show before you commute to the office (or work from home). Not to mention, it gives you a few extra hours to get ready and give your body the extra care it needs before officially starting the day—exercising included
Taking care of yourself
Life seems to always go, go, go. So it’s completely normal to feel you don’t have enough time every day to truly focus on what your mind and body need. A great option to renew yourself this spring is to designate one day out of the week as your time for full-on self-care (weekends might be the best time for this). This means using that day to do everything you may have missed (your hair wash day included). You can even go out for professional care such as massages, facials, or mani-pedis that will last 1-2 weeks.
- Physical Health
Try some new exercise or physical venture. It’s not always about a gym. As the weather gets nicer, there are numbers of ways to get active and get your body moving. Try going on a hike down a historic trail, attend a yoga class or dance the dust away in a Zumba class. Engage your body and your mind, and you’ll be surprised by what you’ll find.
- Emotional Health
It’s time for an emotional reset. Get past your cabin fever. Consider forming a new habit that will help you ride out the stresses in your life with greater equanimity. Meditation can be a great way to be mindful of these feelings and to help you resolve them.
- Spiritual Health: All of us can benefit from re-evaluation of our priorities, our values, and our commitments. Feeling burnt out or overscheduled? Work on your gratitude muscle.
Minimize your constant phone checking
Let’s admit it: You love your phone. (Don’t we all?) Without it, you may not know what to do next. It can also seem like it’s your only connection to the world outside of your small bubble. And while this may be the case for some, it doesn’t have to be the first thing you look at when you wake up or the last thing you look at before you sleep
Make time to read every day
When was the last time you read a book or actually finished a new series after a spontaneous trip to the library or bookstore? Reading is great for your mental health and can help improve your memory, focus, and communication skills.
Journal your thoughts
As a society, we’ve become so used to typing on our computers and smartphones that writing seems almost outdated. While this is something that may bring you back to your teenage years, journaling can be done at any age. Writing down your thoughts and reminiscing about your day by physically writing it down can be a great stress reliever.
This spring try new activities like:
- Start a vegetable garden
- Consider kayaking or paddleboarding
- Develop a practice of regular meditation practice
Whatever it may be, there are endless opportunities right here in our local area this spring to discover what restores your joy. Perhaps it is time to emerge this spring with a plan to practice self-care and get your Chakras tuned up.
Book your Reiki Energy Healing Session with Manali for your Spring Tune-up!