An Ode to Self: 5 Ways to be Happy This Spring
A great way to welcome springtime is to take on tasks that you've been putting off for a few weeks. With warmer days, it is an excellent time to clean and reorganize your home to give way to a total spring makeover. Fresh, clean, and bright come to mind for inspiration.
This season brings with it several unique challenges, primarily covid19, now a pandemic that has affected so many, in several ways unimaginable. Our best gift to our families and each other is to stay healthy. Take on activities that will help you achieve fitness goals to help strengthen the immune system and promote well-being.
Continue to work on a daily structure that delights you. Allow us to sit with you and be with you on this journey. It's springtime, after all, hope is its greatest joy.
Cleaning is one of the first tasks on the list. It is challenging on so many levels, especially when there's ample space to cover with so little time. It is helpful to come up with a plan on how to tackle the task.
You have the freedom of how you want to strategize and execute your plan. You can subdivide the task per room or section of the house. Do you want to start indoors then proceed outdoors? Or, would you instead start with the more challenging tasks such as the room wherein there's more scrubbing required then save the lightest load for last.
Entirely up to you, what is essential is to produce a cleaner and livable home for a happier you.
Sweat it out. Exercising will make your spring brighter than usual. It'll keep you active, happy, and healthy.
Get outdoors and utilize the space outside for daily workouts. Your patio is a perfect location for your routines. A variety of workout resources are available online. Grab it. Most are free. It'll save you money on a gym membership or class fees but ensure it has the green light from your physician.
Calm the mind and breathe. Mindful breathing is one of the easiest ways to practice meditation. Pick the right spot in the garden, roll out your mat and meditate. Several apps can help you get started.
Just Breathe. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Pushing the exhale against the back of your throat to make it as loud as possible. Breathe with pursed lips, pulling the breath in slowly and holding it for a second before exhaling.
Regular meditation routines will strengthen immunity, improve heart rate, and reduce back pain if you have any. Then sink into a comfortable chair by the garden, enjoy the peace before the day gets noisy.
Move. Walk. Meditate. Spring it up with brisk walking. Count your steps. Focus and feel the natural rhythm of the movement. Take in the sensation of each step as you walk. Such as the air against your skin, the warmth in your body slowly rises. Feel the ground beneath your sneakers, or feel your muscles waking up to the activity.
Run, if you must. Release the tension that has been lurking on the outskirts of your well-being. Shift your focus on the essential. Gratitude is an excellent place to start. Mentally enumerate your gratitude list. Then slow down and relax.
Sink into your favorite porch swing. Swing your worries away.
You are what you eat. What you essentially put on your plate is more important than going to the spa for a topical fix of massage, serums, and creams. A healthy lifestyle is highly influenced by what you eat. Begin by identifying, planning, and choosing a healthy eating plan.
The dietary guidelines for American 2015-2020 highlight the importance of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products must be included in your daily nutrition. It also includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts. Mindful of daily calorie requirements and low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, salt, and added sugar.
Now that spring is here, it's an excellent time for an inventory of what was left from winter then transition to fruits and vegetables in season. Get the whole color spectrum available. When produce is grown in its proper season under the appropriate growing conditions, maximum nutrition is achieved. It is economical, healthy, and a great way to support local farmers. Be ready with your culinary touch and create delicious dishes for your family.
Be ready with your culinary touch and create delicious dishes for your family. Dine alfresco and put your outdoor space into good use for your family. A picnic for Saturday brunch is a fantastic idea. Then engage everyone in board games to keep the hands away from the gadgets. It'll be nice to reconnect, hear laughter, and just be together.
Oh yes, spring is here. And yes, there is hope.
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