Spring is a beautiful time of year when the soul wakes up after a long winter hibernation. The beginning of a season is an excellent time to start a new self-care routine. Our minds are feeling refreshed and we’re looking forward to all the things the upcoming season will bring.
Starting a new self-care routine is especially great in the spring. The grass is starting to grow, the weather is warming up, and the days get longer. Here are 11 relaxing self-care ideas that will help you shake your winter blues.
1. Eat lunch outside on your break
Eating lunch outside will help lift your spirits and give you energy to tackle your afternoon. In the winter, it is often too cold to enjoy a stroll outdoors on our lunch break. Because of this, we end up eating our lunch at our desk inside. Spring is when we can finally enjoy the sunshine again. Get outside and cherish the free moments within your busy day.
2. Have coffee or tea outside with a friend
Meeting a friend for coffee is a great way to reconnect. What better way to embrace the coming of spring than by enjoying a warm beverage outside with a friend?
3. Buy yourself a bouquet
A small flower bouquet is a lovely way to brighten up your space. Stop by your local grocery store or garden center and pick up a colorful spring bouquet. Every time you pass by and see the fresh colors, they will remind you of all the good things to come.
4. Start a garden
If you don’t already have a garden, now may be a great time to start. Gardening is incredibly therapeutic. You don’t need to be a master gardener or even have a green thumb to get started. You can start with a small container garden on your porch. Or, try growing a few different varieties of herbs in your kitchen window. The greenery will help brighten your mood.
5. Clean and declutter
Have you ever heard of spring cleaning? There is a reason everyone feels the urge to declutter and purge things that are no longer of use for them. Open the windows, organize your belonging, and get rid of the junk! Spring is a great time to dust and clean areas that may have been neglected over the winter. There are many benefits to keeping a clean home, and improved mental health is just one of them.
After spending some time cleaning your space, now it is time to get creative. Is there a pair of colorful new curtains you have had your eye on? Maybe you’ve been wanting to rearrange the furniture in your bedroom. Get yourself some inspirational art for your walls, or a few houseplants to add life to your space.
7. Change up your diet
In the winter months, sometimes we have the tendency to eat poorly. It’s easy to gravitate towards comfort food that may not be the healthiest for our body. Spring is a great time to evaluate your diet and add more fresh foods. If you need inspiration, purchase a new cookbook. Bookmark your favorite healthy recipes and try a couple of new ones each week.
8. Plan a getaway
When the weather warms up, it’s normal to be bitten by the travel bug. Grab a couple of friends or loved ones and plan a getaway. It doesn’t have to be a long vacation somewhere exotic. A local winery or short overnight stay somewhere nice may be just what you need to feel refreshed.
9. Start a photo book
Do you know how many photos you have saved on your cellphone? Probably a lot. It’s easy to snap photos, save them, and then forget about them for the rest of time. It’s never been easier to print photos from our phones! Use an online service like Snapfish and print out the memories you have accumulated in your phone. Then, take some time to make a photo book or album. When you’re feeling down, it can be very therapeutic to leaf through old photos and relive happy memories.
10. Start a journal
Journaling is a great way to practice self-care. If you don’t already journal, now may be a great time to start. You don’t need to invest in anything fancy. All you need is a notebook and a pen. Be sure to check our list of journaling prompts for beginners to help you get started. We also have printable journal prompts!
11. Get a manicure or pedicure
It’s that time of year when we can put away our comfy socks and mittens. Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure to feel confident and polished. Check out Pinterest if you’re looking for some trendy, spring-themed nail ideas. Or go for a soft pink or muted green to feel the vibes of the season.
Hopefully, these spring self care ideas will help inspire you to embrace the new season. It’s important to take the time we need to reflect and check in on our mental health. What are your favorite ways to celebrate spring and practice self care?