Spring is a great time for creating fresh starts. We clean and organize our homes, and we plant flowers and gardens. What better time to consider a fresh start for yourself? An easy way to nourish a new beginning for your mind and body is to start a self-care routine. Taking time to clear and re-energize the mind reduces stress and cultivates a new sense of well-being for the body. We’ve rounded up five simple ways you can start a self-care routine, without even trying:
1. Do Something That Makes You Happy
Finding small moments throughout the day to do something that makes you happy is an easy way to reduce stress. At least once a week, set aside some meaningful “me” time to do the hobbies and activities you enjoy, or participate in the Danish tradition of hygge, in order to be happy and cozy.
2. Start A Yoga and Meditation Practice
Science has proven time and again that Yoga and meditation offer countless health benefits. The soothing movements of Yoga help relieve muscle aches and tension, while clearing the mind through controlled breathing techniques. If you’re just beginning, research how to get the most out of your Yoga practice—there are several different styles, so it’s important to choose the one that best suits your interests, although Restorative Yoga is a great place for everyone to start. Beginning a meditation practice can be difficult, at first. Starting small is key. A great book to get you started is Calm by Michael Acton Smith, which is based on a popular meditation app.
3. Get Outdoors
Head outside—it’s finally Spring, after all! Go for a walk, or even better, head out for a hike. Participating in daily walks offers a ton of health benefits, too. Not to mention, hitting 10,000 steps a day can burn up to 500 calories! Being in nature helps to soothe the mind and body. Sunshine instantly boosts mood and energy levels!
4. Read A Book
Bookworms know the calming powers of cuddling up with a good book. We suggest starting with these five upcoming novels set to release this Spring (but, pssst, some are already available).
5. Practice Daily Gratitude and Positive Thoughts
Lastly—and, perhaps the most important—focus on the positives in your life. Each morning, make a habit out of practicing gratitude. Start a gratitude journal and write down three things that you are thankful for each day. Practicing gratitude has proven to lift a person’s spirits. Additionally, weed out negative thoughts you have about the day before bed through meditation, which helps to start tomorrow on a positive foot!