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!
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?
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?
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 everyday 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!
Top 5 Ways to Practice Self Care In The Spring
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.
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.
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 seem 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.
4. Create a Vision Board – 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!
5. Goto 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 everyday. If you’re looking for more ways to practice self care in the spring, be sure to download my list of 20 suggestions here, and get started today!
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!