Spring is a time of growth and fresh starts; if the daffodils have the courage and strength to push their way up into the sunlight after such a long and cold winter then we can at least try too. The sun has been shining the last few days and my mood has definitely taken notice. I have more energy, am finding it easier to get up early and feel like negative things have less impact on me. Oh, and I can actually wear shorts without risking frostbite. So there’s that!
The world is beginning to thaw out a little and people are starting to crack out the barbecues. This weather actually makes me want to get out more and be a little more sociable (I know right, shock horror for an introvert like me) and so this feels like the perfect time to take part in a wonderful collab with a wonderful human being, Mia from Beautiful, Creative, Inspiring Life.
If you haven’t checked out Mia’s blog yet, then why not? She writes in such a chatty, likeable way about all sorts of lifestyle things, and her sarcastic sass makes me laugh a lot. Her posts are always super aesthetically pleasing too, so go take a peak if you haven’t already, and make sure to read her latest post!
For this collab we’re going to get well and truly carried away with the floral vibes and talk about spring rituals. What I really want to share with you all today is a list of the things that I’m doing over the next few weeks to show myself a little love and care in the run up to summer.
So without further ado, here are my 2018 self-care spring rituals…
This is super basic but can also be super hard. For the month of April I’ve been challenging myself to wake up early, resist the snooze button and get moving. This has been made a lot easier as the sun has been rising earlier too, and the beautiful weather practically pulls me out from under the duvet. Getting up early is a great routine to get into: it allows you to make the most of the morning and get ready for the day without rushing around. Perhaps it even gives you time to make that healthier, slightly more time consuming breakfast.
So you’ve managed to drag yourself down to the kitchen at 7am, what are you going to eat? Introducing more fruit into the morning gives you a healthy energy boost and gets a handful of your fruit portions in for the day, all before you’ve done anything else! Summer is the optimum time for homemade smoothies and refreshing nicecream, so I’d suggest to invest in a good blender. Even just a simple fruit salad gives your body the nourishment it needs for the morning.
Going on a walk, even just for fifteen minutes around your neighbourhood, is a great way to show yourself some love. It gives you time to think, plenty of fresh air and maybe even some vitamin D if you’re lucky; if the sun is shining, there’s definitely no excuse.
Bringing the outside in
If your daily routine doesn’t allow you to get outside much, and even if it does, a great mood booster in spring is the presence of flowers and life flourishing all around you. Pop a couple of houseplants on your desk or grow some flowers on your windowsill. I spent a little time yesterday planting sunflower seeds in little pots, and just focussing on such a specific task for a dedicated amount of time felt like a great way to look after my wellbeing.
This is a great way to tick off many self-care boxes in one go: you’re improving your physical health, boosting your mood, and perhaps getting outside and being sociable too. This month I’ve taken up basketball and running, and although I sometimes don’t want to get going, I always feel better afterwards. Regular exercise is a great way to practice sticking to good habits as well.
If you read one of my recent posts about decluttering my wardrobe, you’ll know how strongly I believe that a good clear out can do wonders for your mental health. It helps you to recognise what material possessions bring value to your life and what items are just bogging you down. A clearer space helps to create a clearer mind too, allowing you to dedicate more mental energy to yourself and the things you find important.
Using floral shampoos
Around this time of year I normally find myself switching up my hair routine and introducing something a little more floral to the shower. Recently I’ve been using a nordic berries shampoo which has such a fruity smell it wakes up all the senses in my body. I think it’s nice to be able to associate a shampoo smell with summer, so I sometimes return to products I’ve used in previous years to bring back those happy, carefree feelings.
Don’t get me wrong, I will devour a stodgy vegan macaroni cheese all year round, but by the time April is well and truly wriggling its way into my life I start to look towards eating foods that aren’t always comfort in edible form. Things like falafel wraps begin appearing on the weekly menu, and my tongue is often grateful to rediscover some different flavours.
What this little list has highlighted for me is that spring is a great time to refresh your senses: your eyes with plants, your nose with floral scents, your tastebuds with fruity, fresh flavours, and your skin with sunlight and air. It is also a perfect opportunity to clear your mind and re-establish good habits that might have slipped over the winter months.
Don’t forget to go and check out Mia’s spring rituals post too, I’m sure she has a lot of brilliant ideas for us all to try over the next few weeks ❤
What are your top spring rituals?
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