What’s On Your Self-Care List This Spring?
Spring is officially here — although in many parts of the US and the world, it doesn’t exactly feel like it. (Today, it’s 39 degrees in Moscow. Ouch.)
Still, I know the sun and warmth are coming. (We’ve been fortunate to have several sunny and summer-ish days here in Florida.)
So before spring really sets in, I love the idea of mulling over what we’d like the season to look like. This could include your intentions, body positive practices and any nourishing habits you’d like to cultivate.
Last week Alex Franzen, one of my favorite writers and bloggers, penned a great post about her plans for this spring. Here’s a snippet of her list:
“Go on a daily walk — and leave my cell phone at home. Like, in a locked drawer. Or suspended in a solid block of ice.”
“Cradle books more than remote controls.”
“Say no like a pro.”
” Find a new dentist.”
I love that her list includes many forms of self-care (physical health and creativity), and is concrete and practical. Here’s what I’m envisioning for my spring:
- Spend more time handwriting in journals, instead of staring at the computer screen for hours on end.
- Bike with Brian. These are some of our best dates.
- Take a drawing class. (An artist I regularly interview for my creativity pieces gave me her drawing class as a thank-you gift. I can’t wait.)
- Walk along the beach, breathing in the salty, balmy breeze.
- Spend a few Sundays reading in bed.
- Overhaul my closet, and give lots of clothes away.
- Buy a new pair of sunglasses and sandals.
- Sit in stillness and quiet, instead of grabbing for the remote or phone or computer.
If you’re not sure what you’d like to include on your list, here are a few ideas on everything from improving your body image and well-being to feeding your spirit.
- 8 creative ways to practice self-care.
- 30 ways to boost your well-being.
- Honoring parts of yourself with self-care.
- Lessons in self-care.
- A key question to consider about nurturing yourself.
- 20 journal prompts to dig deeper.
- Practicing mindfulness.
- Create a body positive emergency kit.
- Identify your “shoulds” and relinquish them.
- Engage your creativity.
Take this weekend to dream, plan and let ideas percolate. Think about the habits that nourish your spirit, the activities you love to do when the weather warms up, and the different types of self-care.
By the way, I can’t wait to share Alex’s thoughts on self-love in a few weeks for our series.
What are your plans for spring? What will your spring look like? What are your favorite things to do when the weather warms up?
Tartakovsky, M. (2014). What’s On Your Self-Care List This Spring?. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 3, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2013/04/whats-on-your-self-care-list-this-spring/