Mindfulness Monday

Mindfulness Monday: Spring Awakening

T came home the other day singing “Spring is coming, spring is coming, flowers are coming too!” (ok, not the best lyrics but oh so cute!)  It seems, at least where I live, that we may have turned a corner.  Weather is warmer and with it brings a sense of relief and maybe, just maybe, celebration?

Here are a few ways to celebrate spring while being good to yourself:

-Plant a Plant: Preferably something you can eat!  If you live in a small apartment consider an herb that you might get some use out of (and is legal).  If you have acres, the options are endless!  Some gardening stores will actually send an expert to your house to see what is best to grow.  Whether it is a pay-for or free service depends on the store, so call and check with your local retailer.

-Refresh Your Fitness Routine: Beautiful sunny days make it so much easier to get motivated for outdoor exercise.  If you’ve been cooped up all winter, see what outdoor activities might be fun to add.  Cross training in the gym is great year round, but taking the bulk of exercise outdoors will maximizes its benefits.

-Settle Your Circadian Rhythm: Did you know the most important factor in getting a good night’s sleep is keeping your wake time consistent day to day?  Neither did I until a few days ago.  I am in the midst of trying it and so far so good.  Think of this like springtime cleaning for your sleep habits.  Spring is an especially great time to implement an earlier wake up since morning sunlight increases with each passing day.  Stick with it and you will be able to avoid crowds and catch the early bird deals at your local farmer’s market!

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Get all your ducks….er, cars in a row T…..it’s time for spring!