I always feel a burst of energy in the springtime. Perhaps even more than the New Year, spring feels like a time for renewed motivation. Something about the warmer weather, longer days, and new growth inspires me to freshen up my home, hobbies, and routines. If you're also looking to try something new this season, here's five spring-inspired self-care ideas that you can try!
- Give yourself the gift of a slow morning routine. When it's dark and cold in the morning, it can be tough to drag yourself out of your warm bed. But waking up too late and rushing from one task to the next can leave you feeling stressed all day. Set your alarm a little earlier and give yourself some morning "me-time" that you can use to cook a healthy breakfast, do some journaling, yoga, or just snuggle up on the couch and enjoy your coffee in peace!
- Plan an outdoor project. Depending on where you live, it may not be warm enough yet for you to want to be outdoors for any length of time - but now is a great time to start dreaming up some projects that will get you outside this summer! Plan a vegetable garden, flowerbed, or home improvement project and start budgeting for materials and supplies.
- Do a closet clean-out. Or a junk drawer clean-out. Or a social media clean-out. Spring is the best time of year to sort through what you've accumulated and get rid of everything you don't need or want. Bring your used clothes to a local donation center or pass them on to friends who might like them. You can even sell some of your more valuable pieces on Mercari or Poshmark! Don't forget to check out your local dollar store or the seasonal aisle in your supermarket: many stores are selling useful items for organizing or cleaning (like clear plastic bins, closet organizers, and hangers) at a reduced price this time of year.
- Visit your local farmer's market or craft show. If you know me, you know that I love a good market. You can often find the best fresh produce in town - plus, many markets also have a selection of artisans and crafters selling handmade products. Buying from a farmer's market is a great way to support local and small business, but even if you don't have it in your budget to spend any money, I think it's fun just to see all the beautiful and creative things that others have made!
- Review your goals for the year. If you like to plan, you likely set some goals last January. Have you checked in on your progress? There's nothing wrong with amending your goals if your circumstances, schedule, or priorities have changed. If you haven't set any goals yet this year, take this opportunity to set some!
What is your favorite springtime ritual? Let's chat in the comments!
Written by Jaclyn van Beek
Founder & CEO, Creekside Press