Spring is the long-awaited shift after winter. With spring comes new growth, longer days, warmer weather, and a new regeneration of energy.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), spring is regarded as a season of creating, cleansing, activity, movement, growth, and renewal. Those who follow the beliefs of TCM know the importance of living with the seasons and letting our bodies respond to the change of the world around us.
But, even those who don’t follow TCM closely know and understand the energy that spring brings. Almost suddenly, you’re cleaning your house, purging things you no longer need, and being more active outside.
It is also a promising time to focus on releasing emotions that no longer serve us, specifically those rooted in anger, resentment, lethargy, and frustration.
Due to this renewed energy, spring is a significant time to clean ourselves from the inside out, whether it be our body, our mind, or our home. Just like a dormant tree beginning to grow buds and blossom, we too can harness the power of spring to bring clarity, health, and emotional well-being.
Making healthy choices that will carry you through the rest of the year starts now. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Be honest with yourself.
Embrace yourself honestly and take a good look at all the aspects of your life. Where are the stressors? Where are your weaknesses? Are they in your diet, exercise program, your work or relationships? Focus on the ones that need improvement, and start moving away from the ones that detract from your life.
2. Examine your personal relationships.
Whether it be your significant other, friends, or relatives. Think about how you affect each other and what you can do to make each relationship more meaningful. Schedule time with friends, contact your family more often and listen to others thoughtfully.
3. Organize and clean out your spaces.
Get rid of clutter and the unnecessary in your home, your desk, your car, your closet, and any other spaces you use regularly. Donate or recycle anything that no longer serves a purpose. You’d be surprised how much lighter and happier you feel when you’ve cleanup and freshened up your home.
4. Make positive choices, daily.
Surround yourself with what makes you happy. When you think about everything you take in from day to day, from TV to news, violent movies, stressful people, and sad music, it can all have an impact on your mood. Consider what makes you feel your best such as beautiful music, energetic friends, creative outlets, and spending time outdoors.
5. Change bad habits.
Ask yourself if you can change your habits on your own or if you need some help. You can focus on forming good habits such as being more positive, exercising more, or eating healthier, but it may be easier to make changes with accountability from others.
6. Stay active.
Exercise has so many benefits, whether to improve your health or reduce your stress. Make time for exercise into your schedule and experiment with different types to keep yourself interested! You can try yoga, go dancing, take a walk during lunch, or ride your bike somewhere new.
7. Feel your best.
There are many ways to feel your best, from exercise to eating good food, meditation, or even wearing your favorite outfit. You can also incorporate massage therapy to boost both your mental and physical best self. Massage therapy is a great way to relieve stress, pain, and anxiety so you can always feel your best.
8. Commit to your plan.
Whatever it is you want out of life, make a plan and stick to it. Writing out your goals or telling others about them can help you stay accountable. Just be sure to make your goals manageable and to be nurturing and kind to yourself as you commit to making positive changes in your life. There’s nothing wrong with starting off slow because it’s still a start!
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