Spring is finally here and it’s shown in many forms. The weather is shifting, animals are awakening, the farmers are planting their crops and nature is blooming. Spring brings so much beauty and joy in many forms.
While in yoga the other day, I connected with several ladies and our discussion shifted to the concept of spring and change. This year, I keep hearing that so many are resisting change and feeling stuck. Naturally, our bodies want to change as we leave winter and come into spring. Yes, we often times get stuck in old habits, fear the unknown and resist this growth. After leaving class, it made me think more in-depth about this concept.
It’s important to remember that change ultimately begins with us. We are the main person who can shift our own lives. Change is inevitable but how we show up, the choices we make and our perceptions all play an important role. As we make choices for change and reflect on who we’ve been and who we want to become, it’s important to do so with self-compassion. There are a variety of feelings that may come with change, leaving the old and growing into the new. If you’ve made choices that didn’t serve you well, don’t beat yourself up. Ask yourself what you can take away from it and how you can grow from it.
Looking at life from a holistic perspective, think about where change can be made in your nutrition, movement, relationships, career (and finances) and spirituality. Think about areas that may need improvement and implement a plan that works for you. Consider some habits that may be holding you back. Reflect on when they began, outcomes that have come from them and what improvements can be made to change them.
Below are some tips that may help as you transition into the spring season.
As we move from winter into spring, our plate will change. In the winter season, we eat hot, heavier root based meals. We crate hearty stews and soups. As spring approaches, our body craves lighter, refreshing meals. Spring focuses on liver health, detoxification and it’s important to add in foods and tools that support the liver. Some of my favorites are beets, fresh herbs (great for detoxification), carrots and avocados. Eating with the seasons is very beneficial and it’s much easier to do this time of year with the farmers’ markets.
It’s important to reflect on your personal and professional relationships. Unhealthy and toxic relationships play a huge part in our health and goals. Focus on gratitude, forgiveness and implementing boundaries as needed. Looking to grow your personal relationship? What new activities and experiences can you create with others? The warmer weather provides opportunities for outdoor events and activities. There is a bounty of possibilities for simple pleasures. Think about the things that bring you joy and who you want to experience them with.
If you find your work and home space to be cluttered, chaotic and overwhelming, this may be a good place to make changes. “Spring cleaning” can help with de-cluttering space, bring an opportunity for new things, minimize stress and overwhelm and help us feel lighter and leaner. Spring is a good time to donate things that no longer serve us or things we don’t use. It’s a good time for deep cleaning. Open the windows to release old air and bring in freshness.
Healthy movement is so beneficial to the body and mind. Spring is a good time to get outside and move. Consider the activities that you enjoy. Movement can be anything from hiking, biking, signing up for a race or trying a new yoga class. With longer days and lighter evenings, spring offers an opportunity for walks after dinner and quality time with family and friends.
As you experience change and implement new things, it’s important to be mindful of your experiences, what you’re thinking and implement compassion and care. Making time for self-care daily is important for the body and mind. Self-care doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive. It can be anything from a relaxing Epsom salt, reading a book, cooking a healthy meal and implementing breathing techniques and tools for alleviating stress.
When we look at the different holistic areas as I mentioned above, we can see how they often go hand in hand. Taking a hike with your partner brings joy, creates quality time and includes movement and exercise. Pack a healthy picnic and you’re adding in healthy nutrition.
This is just one example of creating healthy habits, fueling things that nourish your life and help with change.
Begin this new season by focusing on the key areas of your life. Allow opportunities for change and growth while embracing the uncertainty. Focus more on love (of yourself and others) over fear and the ego. Discover new habits for growth, happiness, gratitude, joy, and nourishment.
Let’s get Spring Cleaning!
Today’s author: Kim Wilson is a retired police officer with a huge passion for helping others and working in the community. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHC) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Towson University. For more information on Kim and how she is empowering women to live the nourished life, please visit her website.