With spring finally here, many of us are slowly re-awakening from the softer, slower pace of winter. As we welcome in spring flowers and gentle rain, I wanted to put together a list of soothing, slow-paced spring activities to make the most of this season. I LOVE adjusting my own self-care practices based on season as a way to match our world’s ebbs and flows.
While our days still have a slight winter chill, the sun is warm. Find a sunny spot in your garden, park, or trail, and spend some time unwinding outdoors. Grounding tip: kick off your shoes and letting your feet connect with the earth. Grounding is a powerful healing tool to reduce pain, increase healing, and balance stress levels. I rarely go a day without standing barefoot in a patch of grass and it’s made a huge difference in my anxiety and muscle pain.
Just the other day, I came across a Pussy Willow tree, already in bloom, sheltering a mass of dandelion greens that were starting to peak through the ground. Spring wilds may not be full ready to pick, but seeing a pop or green or colour is a sure mood lifter.
Whether you have a garden bed or simply some room for indoor pots, this is the perfect time to begin planting seedlings or loading up on spring flowers. Planting is a beautiful slow, self-care act. While the labour of gardening is not to be underestimated, when all is done, you can enjoy slow spring mornings tending to your plants, watching them bloom to life, and creating space in your home for nature.
I always encourage my clients to break down their spring cleaning or yearly de-cluttering. It can be overwhelming to take on the entire garage in a day. Make a list of what needs de-cluttering and take a couple weeks to start slowly chipping away. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find gentle de-cluttering to be a therapeutic experience. And best of all, you get to experience clean spaces for the rest of the season!
Whether you’re working from home or not, scheduling an evening stroll is a beautiful way to mark the end of a work day and start unwinding for the evening. With our days getting longer, this is also a great way to make the most of sunlight and soak in some extra vit D before the day wraps up.
In essence, the beauty of these slow spring activities is that you get to immerse yourself in the ever-changing season without effort and labour. If your main takeaway from this is to spend more time outdoors and spruce up your indoors with colour and nature, you’re going to have a beautiful experience!
I’d love to hear which activities you’re committed to trying out, or if there are additional ones that are part of your Spring routine. Share them in the comments below!
Myra is a Certified Wellness Coach based near Toronto, Canada helping clients around the world step into true alignment.