Spring Cleaning for Mind, Body and Spirit
“Under the giving snow blossoms a daring spring.” Terri Guillemets
Friday marks the first day of spring, and along with the official shift in the season we often feel a sense of energy and renewal as we anticipate blossoming flowers and trees, bountiful gardens and longer, warmer days.
Just as the earth is alive and in bloom, there is also a beautiful opportunity for us to renew and refresh ourselves after the long winter. A little spring cleaning is good for the mind, body and spirit.
Welcome in the springtime with these tips:
- Slow down. The longer days naturally mean we have more time in the evenings to be active outside. Avoid the temptation to run errands, constantly marking things off your to-do list. Instead, try a quiet walk through your neighborhood or local nature preserve. Connect with your breath and relish in the present moment.
- Clear out the old. We all accumulate unnecessary items throughout the year. Whether it be clothing, household items, gifts we couldn’t put to use, whatever it is give yourself the satisfaction of clearing it from your space. This is a great time to donate unused items that other people in your community may need.
- Try something new. A feeling of youthfulness, excitement and inspiration awaits you if you’re willing to try something new this spring. Is there a hobby you’ve wanted to take up for awhile? No time is better than now. Grab a hammer and start a local carpentry classes, join a book club or take a dance class with your partner. It doesn’t matter what you decide, as long as you’re having fun.
- Exercise. Whether it’s first thing in the morning before the day gets going, or at the end of the day after all is said and done, it doesn’t matter. Just commit to moving everyday. More evening light might mean we can be outside, but if it’s still too cold where you live, commit to 20 minutes of dancing or yoga in your living room.
- Serve whole foods. Local farmer’s markets are becoming ever more popular across the nation and the globe. This means it is becoming easier and easier to avoid processed foods in favor of real, local, whole fruits and vegetables. Your body will thank you, and so will your family!
- Detox. If you’re often fatigued, experience symptoms of sluggish thyroid or poor digestion it’s likely time for a detox. Try cleansing with one of the many products we have in our online store.
- Connect. Our bonds with our loved ones naturally increase the joy and sense of belonging we experience in the world. Make quality time for the ones you love by planning meaningful time together.
- Nurture your spiritual practice. Pray, meditate, paint, journal. Whatever makes sense for you, take a moment to do. You’ll feel calmer, happier and deeply connected to your life-source.
- Practice gratitude. What are you deeply grateful for each day of your life? Remember to say “thank you” for these blessings.