Ahh. Nothing like a fresh start!
For me Spring is a time for new beginnings, a clean slate, a rebirth of sorts. Its a time
when everything is coming to life, from the little sprouts underneath your feet while walking along the sidewalk, to the baby birds singing to their mama’s, to the beautiful blooming rose bushes along school yards. It really is a beautiful time in the world that brings so much joy and color, its hard not to smile and breathe in the fresh crisp air!
One of my favorite quotes about spring is from my favorite band Noah and the Whale (below), and its just a beautiful reminder that although we make mistakes, or do things that make us feel like we’re setting ourselves back, or are genuinely unhappy for some reason, we always have a fresh start waiting for us. When the flowers bloom and the trees grow we have a chance for us to also grow and bloom into something magnificent regardless of our past.
It’s the first day of spring
And my life is starting over again
Well the trees grow, the river flows
And its water will wash away my sin […]
Like a cut down tree, I will rise again
I’ll be bigger, and stronger than ever before
-The First Days of Spring
by Noah and the Whale
Spring is a time to be grateful for all the beauty around you and within you. If life has been hard, take a moment and realize that you can make small changes to make it better. Little things like being grateful for the sun because it gives you life, be grateful for your mom because she loves you unconditionally, be grateful for your body because it protects you. Smile because its a new day, you’re alive and well and you’re strong enough to change your life around!
So this season, take a moment to really breathe in the fresh air, stop to smell the roses, meditate on aspects of yourself/life that you want to improve. Whether it’s something big or small, just gently remind yourself that you need to improve these things in order to achieve a happier and healthy life!
Here are some examples on how to do so:
Have a picnic
Grab your favorite picnic basket,a blanket, a few ripe fruits, some infused water and your favorite person and have a day counting clouds and smelling the budding roses while lying under a tall tree at your local park. Guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed and full of positive vibes!
Meditate in Nature
Put on some comfy clothes, grab your mat and some water and go someplace outdoors thats relatively quiet. Be mindful of your body and surroundings. Listen to the breeze whistle through the tree tops, feel the suns rays try to hug you as they make their way through the branches. Hear the birds chirping and the flowers blooming excitedly. Feel your body as it fills with positive energy and releases the tension. Think about happy thoughts and what you want to improve.
Make yourself a beautiful nutrient dense meal with spring season veggies/fruits
Nothing is better than making a meal jam packed with flavorful ingredients that aren’t only tasty but full of healthy nutrients. Take some time to prepare a meal with lots of spring veggies, protein and healthy fats (like nuts and avocado). Not only will you be happily satiated from the wholesome meal but your body will be very thankful for the clean meal and all its nutrients. Eating healthy wholesome meals not only keep you full for longer periods of time, it feeds your happy chemicals in your brain, helps keep your intestines happy, and allows you to feel more energetic and ready to take on the day.
Go for a run at the local park, or a swim in the pool, a hike up the trail you’ve been meaning to visit, a bike to your friends house, do some yoga on the beach, anything just get moving! Not only
will this allow you to get some vitamin D from the lovely sun, but it will also allow you to clear your mind a little while getting
your body moving. Its been proven that exercise increases t
he happy chemicals in your brain (Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Endorphins), so get out there sweet pea!
Do something Creative
Garden with your grandparents, doodle some flowers as you sip on some lemonade, paint something with bright colors, journal about your day/feelings. By
getting your creative juices flowing, not only are you expressing your feelings and blowing off a little steam, you’re also releasing more happy chemicals that will allow you to be motivated to make positive changes in your life. You’re also practicing those artistic skills of yours, own ’em!
I hope this post helped get you into the spring mood! Stay tuned for more posts to come.
Until next time,