Written by McKensie Shiner
Spring is a great time to make time for yourself! With warmer weather and flowers budding, spring can be seen as a chance to start over or develop new and inspiring habits. The possibilities to better yourself are endless with each new season and we want to provide you with some of the best ways to ensure you are practicing self-care each new spring day.
1. Take a walk
Exposing yourself to sunlight is believed to increase serotonin in your brain, which can help you feel more relaxed and calm. If you live in a state where you experience all four seasons, you know winter can be emotionally draining. Springtime is the perfect opportunity to combat this sadness by going for a walk! Walking is even a great way to promote energy, positivity, and happiness! Going for a walk on a sunny day is a great way to promote rises in serotonin and endorphins. Just don’t forget your sunscreen.
2. Clean out your closet
Another great way to practice self-care this spring is by cleaning out your closet. Whether you just want to switch from heavy winter coats to floral sundresses, or you want a whole new wardrobe, cleaning your closet is a great way to make room in your storage space and clear your mind. Additionally, if you find yourself with an excess of clothes, you can always donate them and know you are helping someone else freshen up their spring wardrobe as well! Have yourself a little springtime fashion show while you’re at it!
3. Add a new skincare product
Cold winter months are known for drying out and cracking your skin. If this is the case for you, try adding a new product to your skincare or shower routine. Some of these can include a new facial moisturizer, body exfoliant, lip oil, or even a hair mask! Now is a great time to try something new or revisit a product you used to love.
4. Try gardening or growing plants indoors
A lot of people find comfort during difficult times by taking on a new responsibility. A perfect example of this is gardening! When you have something that relies on you - that can’t water itself - it adds a little bit of motivation to your day to get up and get moving. Gardening is a great hobby to add to your routine and most plants can even be started inside with proper sunlight or grow lights. Then, as they get bigger, you can move them outside or to a bigger flower pot inside. Seeing your plants flourish is rewarding and can improve your mood.
5. Give technology a break
It’s easy and quite common to spend a lot of time online during the winter months. When spring hits, it’s great to take a little bit of a break from your devices and find time for hobbies or spending time with friends, family, or your significant other. Trying new things like meditation, yoga, painting, working out, cooking, or even going for a scenic drive with someone you care for is a great way to give yourself a break from technology.
No matter which self-care habit you choose to get into, we hope your well-being improves from doing it. Be proud of yourself for making the effort to achieve more happiness in your day-to-day life and know that we, at Counseling by the Sea are here for you in your journey to a healthier you.