4 Self-Care Rituals for Spring
It’s spring. A time of spring-cleaning your home and detoxing your mind. It’s a moment to refresh, reset and re-find yourself. And one of the best ways to do this is through the habit of self-care.
“We are all less able to handle the stresses that come our way when we're already depleted by physical and emotional exhaustion,” warns Very Well. (1) “Or, put in a more positive way, we are more resilient and more able to handle life's stress when we are feeling our best both physically and emotionally. A massage, soak in the tub or other forms of pampering revitalize you inside and out. Taking time out to maintain self-care has several benefits.”
These benefits include enhanced physical and emotional and spiritual health, as well as greater resilience when facing life’s challenges. If you want to indulge yourself and invest in self-care, try these strategies this spring.
1. Refresh Your Home
Your physical space affects your spiritual and emotional space.
“Spring is a time for new beginnings—so why not give your home a fresh start too?”, asks life coach Barbara Biziou. (2) “Wash the floors. Discard any old items you no longer use. Clear out your closets. Give away anything you haven't worn in a year. Throw out the broken and chipped cups and plates. Then, commit to giving something away every time you receive something new for the rest of the year. I've found that this commitment helps us feel lighter and opens up new space for the Universe to fill. Finish by opening the windows and spraying a mixture of fresh lemons or essential oils and spring water around each room to purify and uplift your space.”
2. Slow Down
When we’re always on the go, we have no time to check in with ourselves and take care of our inner health.
Set aside time each day to truly focus on yourself, ideally sans distractions.
“I ask my patients to try a month of lying down for 5 minutes on a yoga mat and doing breathing exercises when they walk through the door to switch off from work,” reports Kate Freemantle, an acupuncturist. “They tend to find their energies and evenings take on a much more relaxed flow and they don't rush to get all their chores done but approach them in a much more relaxed manner and thus feel calmer and sleep better.”
3. Be Conscious of Your Social Network
Experts say that we are the sum of those we hang out with. Energy, intention and emotions are passed easily amongst people, so being conscious of who you spend your time with is a powerful self-care ritual.
Most importantly, watch for people who are energy drains. That’s people who leave you feeling negative, exhausted or self-conscious when you spend time with them. Instead, spend more time with amplifiers: People who leave you feeling more energized, enthusiastic and positive.
4. Use Affirmations
Affirmations are reminders of the mindset you want to embody.
“Write positive affirmations on small cards and hand them out to strangers and friends,” suggests Davis. “I love writing "You are enough," "Dare to dream," and "The Universe is on your side," for example. Little gestures like these make people smile, and they can have a domino effect. When people are happy, they are more likely to want to make others happy too.”
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