10 Ways to Practice Self-Care This Spring
Ah, spring! The season of regrowth, of new excitement and possibilities. After experiencing a long gruelling winter, doesn’t it make you want to run outside and frolic naked in a field?
Not really? Well, okay. Maybe that’s just me.
But there is something about spring that makes you want to start new and refreshed, to reflect on your goals and what you want for yourself. The sun is out and it’s your time to shine!
Here’s several ways you can enjoy the season and take care of yourself at the same time.
1. Join a Community Garden
Plants may be one of the most cliche images of spring known to mankind. But that’s part of why we love spring, right?
With fresh, new produce and flowers hitting the grocery stores—no more mediocre strawberries—it’s easy to get caught up in the greenery around you. But why not take it a step further?
Joining a community garden can not only give you organic produce; it also gives you a sense of accomplishment. Doesn’t walking through your own neighborhood’s Garden of Eden that you helped grow sound delightful? Plus, studies show that gardening can greatly lower stress.
2. Switch Out Your Candles
Listen. I love a good Pumpkin Spice Cupcake scented candle as much as the next person. But I think we can agree that it’s for winter, when you want to bury your face in wool blankets and stand on top of a heater for your whole day.
It’s okay. It’s time. Let it go.
And by “let it go,” I mean put it in your storage cabinet next year and go out shopping for a new one!
Having a spring-inspired scent will simply get you in the mood to be—well—springy. Some of my favorites are those with eucalyptus and/or citrus notes, both of which are said to have positive energetic effects!
3. Throw Away Old Makeup
Did you know makeup can go bad?
If you’re anything like me, you probably did, but chose not to acknowledge that.
In the spirit of spring cleaning, let’s be better about the stuff we put on our faces. Whether you shop for your cosmetics at a drugstore or a high end department store, it doesn’t matter. Treat your gorgeous face with the respect it deserves!
You can find a guide on when to throw out what here. Your body will thank you.
4. On the Subject of Spring Cleaning
Look. Just do it.
I know it isn’t easy, and as a recovering pack rat I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to go slow.
You don’t have to throw out everything at once. Heck, you don’t even have to clear out a cupboard. All I suggest is that— at minimum—you clean or clear one item per day.
That’s it! At that point, you’ll feel so good you might even want to clean two things, or maybe even five! While you’re doing it, play some of your favorite jams and put on a face mask. It might be cheesy, but associating a “chore” with something fun can really make it something you enjoy doing. And after your hard “work”, you’ve earned yourself a clean home.
Feel the relief wash over you. That wasn’t so bad, was it?
5. Cook an In-Season Meal
When daylight is short and the weather outside is frightful, you don’t want to cook anything during the winter. You come home exhausted from work and think: what takeout place will it be tonight?
While takeout is still awesome, why not change it up a little?
Take a night for yourself where you wipe the fine layer of dust off your oven and make something. Buy a bottle of rosé, put on some vintage French oldies— what have you. But with groceries so fresh and in season, what could be better than a little farmer’s market orzo salad? Or a mango black bean ginger rice bowl?
Bonus points if the meal is plant-based!
6. Go to a Local Dairy/Farm
I’m not saying you should go to a dairy farm just to see the baby animals, but I am saying that’s a huge part of it.
See spring in full action by hopping into a car and driving to the nearest dairies and farms in March and April. This is prime time when dairies have their kids and calves out and playing in the fields.
If baby animals aren’t your thing—umm, okay—you should still go for the fresh country air, the fruit pickings and the creamy cheeses. A lot of farms will let you sample the dairy products, and some even hold farm to table dinners highlighting their selections!
7. Buy a New Sun Dress
Or sun shirt.
Or floral pants.
Whatever is your fashion jam, brighten up the colors in your closet even just by an outfit! When you wear something that makes you happy and feel good, you’ll be sure to have a great start to your day.
Should you be fiscally responsible and see what you can still wear from your winter wardrobe? Of course. I am all for saving money. But even when that pretty dress—or shirt, or pants—is dirty, look forward to next week after your laundry run when you get to wear it again!
Trust me, laundry piles make time go by faster than you think.
8. Visit Your Local Water Source
Is the water probably still too cold to jump on in for a refreshing swim? Probably.
Does that mean you can’t still enjoy listening to the waves? Absolutely not.
Whether you live near an ocean, lake, river, creek or a simple little koi pond, there’s no reason you have to wait until summer. Grab a book, bring a cardigan and find a spot to sit near the water. The water waves are soothing to listen to, and there’s good reason they’re featured on most sound machines.
Maybe your eyes will get a little heavy, and you’ll put a bookmark in your novel at a good spot, wrap your cardigan around you and think you’ll lie down for a just a little bit…
Hey, a good nap happens to the best of us.
9. Start Planning Those Summer Trips
If you’re not lucky enough to have some sort of spring vacation and have to wait for summer to spend your PTO, maybe this is kind of a cheat because you could do it anytime.
But think about it—you’re only one more season away from taking your vacation. It’s not a far away dream, it’s real and tangible and oh my gosh it’s only two months away!
There’s no reason to panic. Take this time to really plan out the fine details. Take a look at your destinations different neighborhoods and where you would want to stay. Look up the must-have eats of the area, and find out what luxuries you would want to splurge on. A massage? An upscale shopping trip? A private yacht rental? Or, check all the boxes at an all-inclusive yoga retreat.
See how exciting that is? With the hint of sunshine spring has to offer and the newly floral notes in the air, it’s easy to imagine paradise when it’s just a few months away.
10. Take a Walk Through Your Neighborhood
Perhaps the simplest one of all is also the most important, at least in my book.
It’s incredible to see how seasonal light changes your everyday landscape, and how a temperature change of just five degrees can put just a little more pep in everyone’s step. Sure, you’ve walked the same route day in and day out. You know it by heart. But now that a new season’s here, everything feels different.
And what a life lesson that is. That everything has the capability to change. Your neighborhood, your building, the blossoming trees, you—it never stays the same. So take a deep breath and live in the moment. Grab a coffee from your local shop around the corner, and mosy around your town like it’s new.
Take a moment to self reflect and smile because it’s spring.
Time to start fresh.
What’s your favorite way to welcome spring? Tell us in the comments! And be sure to share this article with anyone needing a little pick-me-up. Because...spring.