(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.)
The coming of spring isn’t just a time of welcoming warmer temperatures and sunny skies, it offers a chance to refresh, reconnect and revisit areas that could use some tender love and care. Self-care isn’t taken nearly as seriously as it should be. Blame it on the busy lifestyles we suffer through, the junk we put into our bodies or the toxins we surround ourselves with, we simply don’t give our bodies and minds the attention they need – or deserve – to thrive.
Enter springtime. As we watch the landscape go from drab and lifeless to lush and revived, we also should use this time to rejuvenate ourselves in body, mind and spirit.
Here are a few ways you can embrace the upcoming months in a way that puts self-care at the top of your priority list:
Connect with nature.
Take a moment to enjoy the smells of spring.
Make a morning walk part of your daily ritual.
Try out a new outdoor sport.
Clean out the dead from last year’s flower garden.
Freshen up the landscaping.
Decorate the exterior of your home.
Start a journal.
Enjoy a walk under the nighttime sky.
Plant a tree.
Clean out your closet and drawers.
Purge old paperwork.
Connect with a positive friend who you haven’t heard from in a while.
Get creative with flower pot arrangements.
Prep last year’s garden for this year’s crops.
Simply sit in the sun, absorbing its sunny, Vitamin D-filled rays.
Consider freshening up the color of your interior walls or redecorating with a few paintings.
Paint your own wall art.
Ground yourself by touching the earth – the grass, the dirt, the tree bark.
Ask yourself if you’re happy with your career – you may be surprised.
Consider taking a class or a workshop to learn something new.
Explore the benefits of volunteering.
Spend your lunch break outside, if possible.
Visit a day spa or salon for a few hours of pampering.
Reorganize your mental and emotional clutter, getting rid of toxic thoughts and prioritizing the things that matter most.
Plan a solo trip.