Springtime is on the horizon and so many of us are feeling ready for a brand new season and a fresh start. Around the globe, the term “spring cleaning” is one that many of us are familiar with. It is with the onset of spring that we begin to declutter our homes, organize our cabinets, and dust the nooks and crannies that we didn’t get around to in the winter. Some researchers actually trace the origin of spring cleaning back to traditions that took place Persian new year, also known as Nowruz, which falls on the first day of spring. House cleaning or “shaking of the house,” is a Nowruz tradition that continues to be upheld today. Spring cleaning, purchasing a new wardrobe, and buying flowers are all things that are done in the weeks and days leading up to Nowruz as preparation. While spring cleaning our homes is something that we should all take advantage of as the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, it’s also a great opportunity to reevaluate and spring clean our lives.
Significance of springtime:
Depending on where you live in the world, springtime might not make a huge difference in the weather you have throughout the year or impact any of the wildlife and nature that surrounds you. For those who do live in colder and snowier parts of the world, spring is a time that feels like new life begins. The animals start coming out, the birds start chirping, the ice and snow begin to melt, flowers begin to bloom, and the environment around us drastically changes. While all of this is happening around us it’s no coincidence that in turn, we feel transformed on the inside. Spring is a time of the year when we can truly begin to feel alive again, awakening to our creativity and blooming into a newer version of ourselves.
In this blog, we are going to talk about some of the ways you can spring clean your mind, body, and soul. Decluttering from the inside out will give you the chance to prioritize, focus, and give love to the things that mean the most to you.
Eat more vegetables, greens, and fresh fruit
During the wintertime, we tend to gravitate towards comfort foods. When it’s cold outside we often want foods that are warming and make our bellies full and our souls feel happy. While there is nothing inherently wrong with having comfort foods all year round, there is something to be said about shifting our diet as the seasons change. When spring comes along, things start to feel more fresh and light outside, in turn, this reflects the way many of us feel like eating. The good thing about eating more fresh fruits and vegetables is that you don’t need to compromise on taste. There are so many incredible ways you can enjoy more greens, veggies, and fresh fruit in your diet by following simple recipes.
Here are a few springtime recipes you can try and enjoy to feel energized and amazing:
Reevaluate the relationships in your life
The people within your immediate circle will either add value to your life or keep you feeling weighed down. Are there relationships in your life that you have found to be more work and struggle than they have been ease, fun, and joy? This might be the right time to reflect on which relationships you should hold closest to you and which you can keep at a loving distance. Your environment and who you associate yourself with on a daily basis have a direct correlation with how you feel. It’s important to take note of the conversations and friends that seem to constantly drain you rather than uplift you.
Walk more and get some fresh air
After spring equinox the days start brighter and longer, which is a perfect time to go outside and get some fresh air. Naturally, we are more cooped up during the winter season because the weather is colder and the days are shorter. Spring grants us the lovely opportunity to take advantage of fresh air and mild days. Just getting outside and walking has so many incredible benefits such as reducing stress, boosting the immune system, burning fat, regulating blood pressure, and so much more!
Open the windows, let the breeze in
There’s nothing like being able to open your windows and let the breeze into your home after having them closed shut throughout the wintertime. Opening up the windows of your home and in your vehicle is the perfect way to embrace a new season and feel refreshed. We highly recommend taking some time on a weekend to clean your home, put on your favorite tunes, and open up the windows. Trust us, the inside of your home will feel brand new!
Bring life to your home
As new life starts to emerge outdoors with flowers blooming and plants growing, it’s a great chance to bring some new life into your own home. One way you can spring clean your home and feel more cheerful is to buy yourself some flowers and plants. Not only will it make you smile to see lovely colors and growth around your home, but it will also give you the important task of taking care of flowers and plants, which is very rewarding and mindful. Multiple studies have shown that plants actually help make you feel happier and healthier, and even contribute to decreasing anxiety.
Connect with people in person
Depending on where you live in the world, COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to ease and more things are starting to open up again. Many of us have missed in-person social connections for quite a while and this spring will be the perfect time to start getting out there and connecting again. Plan some picnics, walks in the park with friends, join a local yoga class, or do something that allows you to be more social again. This will not only give you a sense of community but it’s bound to increase your mood and make you feel great.
We hope that these lifestyle spring cleaning tips will help your mind, body, and soul feel refreshed and ready to step into a new version of yourself. We’ve all been through a lot in the past couple of years and so many of us have put self-love and self-care on the backburner. Doing these small things should definitely make a difference in how you feel about yourself and how you feel in general!