How to Practice Self-Care in the Spring

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The days are getting longer, the temperature is rising, and the flowers are finally starting to bloom. You know what this means, right?

Spring – at last – is here!

It’s time to put on those gardening gloves, pull out the grill, and enjoy the beauty of the season.

As you start filling up your schedule with block parties, lacrosse practices, and other spring activities, however, make sure you leave time for one of the most important commitments in your daily schedule: self-care.

As I’ve explained in the past, self-care is a critical, yet often overlooked component of our daily lives. Far too many of us push it aside due to lack of time, feelings of “guilt,” or both. We find ways to convince ourselves that there are other, seemingly “more important,” items on our never-ending todo list. And because of this, self-care simply doesn’t happen.

Can you relate?



Self-care in the spring

Well, I’m here to gently remind you that these stories of scarcity that we tell ourselves are simply not true. There is enough time. And there is no reason to feel guilty for taking care of yourself.

How can I make such a bold statement, you ask?

Easy.

When we don’t take time to care for ourselves, there’s simply no way that we can give 100% to others. As I keep saying, you can’t pour from an empty cup.

So as we begin this spring season filled with growth and change, I urge you to incorporate self-care on your journey as well. And I don’t just mean every once in a while… I mean every. single. day.

How to Practice Self-Care Every Day

If practicing self-care every day is a new concept to you, it might take some getting used to. And that’s okay! But please, don’t give up if it feels uncomfortable. The positive impact that self-care has on both you and everyone else in your life is truly remarkable, and I promise you will notice a difference if you stick with it.

My favorite way to practice daily self-care is this:

Choose 5 Happiness Boosters In Your Life

Pick (at least) five happiness boosters in your life. These activities might include reading, walking your dog, doing arts and crafts projects with your kids, watching your favorite show on Amazon, going to the gym, etc. It doesn’t matter if these boosters are big or small, they simply need to lift your spirits and make you feel like you.

Practice 3 Boosters Each Day

Once you’ve chosen your five bringers of joy, make sure that you practice at least three of these activities each day. By tending to this strategy on a daily basis, you ensure that you’re filling your life with things that you value.

Just like your cell phone, you’re giving yourself the charge you need to continue working at 100%.

Have Fun With Your List

Remember, you can change up your list of five happiness boosters as often as you’d like. Heck, you can have a whole list of happiness boosters from which to choose; there’s no reason you need to stop at five. So go crazy! I dare you 😉

In fact, I recently expanded my own list of happiness boosters in order to help me celebrate spring’s warmer weather, beautiful days, and promise of new life.

So as you decide upon your list of happiness boosters, be sure to check out my own list of 5 ways to practice self-care this spring, and start celebrating the season today!

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Top 5 Ways to Practice Self-Care In The Spring

Self-Care in the Spring Tip 1: Get Outside

While this suggestion may seem like a given, it’s amazing how easy it is to get caught up in the bustle of everyday life. And in turn, the beautiful weather simply passes us by.

Don’t let this happen! Spring goes by far too quickly to be a passive observer.

Instead, take some time each day to get fresh air. Go for a walk during your lunch break. Sip your morning coffee in the sunshine. Or take some time to journal on your deck after work.

Self-Care in the Spring Tip 2: Unplug from Technology

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, society has grown increasingly reliant on our phones, iPads, and computers. And though we might not notice its gradual impact on our physical and mental health, technology’s daily demands really drain our personal battery.

To combat this information overload, allow yourself time to unplug from technology for a bit. Whether this means unplugging for a certain amount of time each day or a particular day each week is completely up to you. But try making an effort to step away from technology for a “breather” on a regular basis.

With the warmer weather and beautiful days now upon us, unplugging from technology is even easier. Leave your phone on your desk and head outside for some fresh air. Walk your dog around the block, step outside and call a friend, or page through your favorite magazine on the front steps for a few minutes. Again, these activities don’t need to be extravagant. They just need to make you feel good.

Self-care in the spring

Self-Care in the Spring Tip 3: Buy Yourself Flowers

I don’t know about you, but there’s just something about having fresh cut flowers in the house that immediately lifts my spirits. Their cheerful color, and light, refreshing fragrance brings a smile to my face every time I see them.

If you can relate, you might consider adding fresh flowers to your self-care list. It’s a simple gesture that manages to both brighten the room and brings springtime’s beauty indoors.

Self-Care in the Spring Tip 4: Create a Vision Board of New Season New Goals

As I explained in my post about how to create a vision board, one of the beautiful things about this creative pursuit is its adaptability. You can change up your board with new designs and inspiration as your goals and dreams unfold.

I love to reexamine my vision board once per season. I consider the goals I’ve accomplished, the progress I’ve made, and any new passions I want to pursue. Then, I redecorate my board accordingly.

This spring, take some time to create (or redesign) your vision board to reflect your newest dreams and ambitions.

And if you’re looking for more strategies on how to create a vision board, be sure to check out my post here!

Self-Care in the Spring Tip 5:  Go to the Farmer’s Market for Inspiration & Fresh Food

After a long winter of warm comfort food, I often find myself craving light flavors, fresh vegetables, and new seasonings.

If you can relate, consider heading to a farmer’s market and scoping out the fresh fare. This is a great way to treat yourself to healthy, locally grown goods while supporting your community in the process. Plus, you’re getting outside to enjoy the sunshine once again. It’s a triple win!


So as the spring season unfolds, take some time to choose five springtime happiness boosters to add to your self-care list. Then, start incorporating at least three of those items in your routine every day. If you’re looking for more ways to practice self-care in the spring, be sure to download this FREE springtime self-care workbook filled with 20 GREAT suggestions here, and get started today!

Self-care in the Spring

Question:

How do you practice self-care in the spring? What is your favorite thing about the season? What do you struggle with when it comes to practicing self-care? Let me know below!

38 thoughts on “How to Practice Self-Care in the Spring”

  1. I like be your recommendation of picking 3 things everyday. That seems doable for sure! I’m am so looking forward to farmers markets as well and I luckily have one about a 2 minutes walk from my home!!

    1. That’s fantastic! That way, when you walk to the market, you’re getting both fresh air and fresh vegetables. Double win!

  2. Going outside can definitely help me. It also gives me inspiration I’m looking for.

  3. Heather @ A Heart of Humility

    Love these ideas! Unplugging from technology is so important!

  4. Rose Barnett

    Yes, Paula. Happiness boosters. That’s what I need a ton of to keep walking this journey. I really find that being outside more helps me, and y’know, pretty things 🙂 But it’s so hard to buy myself flowers. I’m glad you also talk about creating a vision board because I wasn’t quite sure what it was, so that’s a post I should check out. Thank you for encouraging us to take care of ourselves.

    1. Thanks, Rose. Yes, it’s so important that we find those little things that keep us going strong. And definitely check out the vision board post – creating one has been a game changer for me 🙂

  5. Debbie Mogere

    I struggle with daily self care but these tips are wonderful. I guess I should stop feeling guilty for watching my favorite shows once in a while. I love your ideas and I am saving this for reference 🙂

    1. Yes, absolutely! No more guilt 🙂 It’s good to treat yourself; that’s how you can be your best self and also keep caring for those you love 🙂

  6. I am in my PRIME during the warmer seasons! Just sitting in the fresh air and sunshine for a few moments each day totally and completely renew me! I love all these tips you have laid out too! Self care is IMPORTANT, but often overlooked.

    1. You’re absolutely right, Hanna. Self care is KEY to our health 🙂 I love to hear that fresh and air sunshine gives you the recharge you need. That’s fantastic 🙌🙌🙌

  7. I really need to do more self care! I love to be outside, but I suck at getting off technology. Being a blogger I feel like I’m on my computer constantly! It’s a hard balance to find.

    1. I hear you, it can definitely be a difficult balance. But if we are mindful of our technology use, hopefully we will use it more intentionally. For me, that looks like using it for work rather than simply scrolling for “entertainment.” 🙂

  8. Nicolette van der Merwe

    This was a really inspiring read. It showed me that I already practice self care on some levels, but I think it’s time to find something to nourish my soul as well as my body. Self care is hard and I always make excuses to shy away from the deeper stuff.

    1. It’s so great that you’re already practicing self care on some levels – that’s a great start 🙌🙌🙌. And now you can push yourself to dig deep and really let yourself recharge. You deserve it! 🙂

  9. I love your suggestions. I can’t wait to check out the farmer’s market. New seasonal produce is arriving, and it makes me happy just looking at all of it.

  10. I love all of these ideas. Definitely going to be buying flowers to keep up my morale and I would LOVE to be able to unplug from technology but sadly that’s not really an option with my job 🙁 Maybe on the evenings..

    1. Yes! Definitely buy yourself some flowers. It’s amazing how much that pop of color brightens my day 🌸🌸🌸 And I definitely understand about the technology with people’s jobs. I can completely relate. But every little bit helps. Rather than scrolling through FB on your lunch break, for example, maybe read a book or call a friend. Or, as you suggest, unplug for an hour or so at night to walk your dog, do a puzzle, (or anything else you love 😊)

  11. journeyatsahm

    I love the idea of getting away from technology. I need to work on that more and enjoy the outdoors.

  12. Kind of feel the need to buy some flowers for myself now, and I totally need to update my vision board too 😀 <3

  13. Amber Stanfield

    I have really gotten into hiking and going to beautiful parks. This helps get me outside, enjoy the fresh air, and distress. My husband and I love discovering and exploring new beautiful parks and places.

    1. That’s fantastic, Amber! I love that you and your husband are exploring together, too.

  14. Thank you for sharing this! I love these ideas and am definitely going to try some of those things this spring!

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