Springtime is coming. Yes, yes it is hard to believe with all the snow we have had to endure this winter! But all around us, mother nature is preparing for the new season of rebirth and rejuvenation. Don’t get left behind in your onesie! It is time to get back in touch with our selves, shake off hibernation and prepare for the season of reawakening! Give yourself a head start this spring with these tips to prepare your body, mind and spirit:
Wake up earlier! Whether you are more like a robin or a hibernating bear who will not be disturbed, it is important to wake up a little earlier as spring rolls in ~ and with the clocks turned head we have a little more daylight hours to enjoy! Our wintertime sleep patterns can get a bit out of whack, causing us to want to sleep in later and later. But in spring, it is important to reset your sleep-wake patterns. The goal is to feel refreshed and productive. Challenge yourself to wake up one hour earlier than you have been. It doesn’t matter what time you wake up. Remember, there is no right and wrong time to start your day. Whether you naturally rise around 6am or 9am, it can be helpful for our waking patterns to wake up with the sun as it begins to rise earlier and earlier with each morning.
Eat lighter. After a winter of hearty stews, roasted veggies and heavy meals it’s time to look for incoming seasonal greens. Add plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables back into your diet.. Make your meals more colorful with nourishing smoothies and juices, energizing veggies, nourishing drinks. The idea is to add more good into your diet, not restriction. The more good you consume, the more good your body wants to have it.
Get outside and move. Get yourself outside. Take a short walk outside every single day, for at least 20 minutes, rain or shine, brisk or pleasant, to move your stiff joints and inflate your lungs with the fresh air. As the weather becomes more welcoming, it is so important for your mind, body and soul to spend time outdoors.
Springtime is a time of transitional rebirth, and new babies….so allow every facet of your being to reflect that. Steadily clean up your diet by adding in more greens and plant-based foods. Practice rejuvenating, invigorating exercises, such as yoga or mindful running and biking. Clear out the cobwebs of your mind, including the gnarls of self-doubt and negativity that formed in the winter whirl of over-analysis. Marvel at what an incredible creature you are and allow yourself to be reborn along with the violet crocus. Don’t be afraid to allow yourself to shed what is no longer serving you and embrace a better you.
After a long cold winter, and copious amounts of snow ~ welcome springtime with open arms. It’s time to shed winter clothing layers and open yourself up to a new, fresh, vibrant energy!