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Spring Self Care Strategies

Spring is a busy, busy time. There’s seeds and transplanting and cleaning chimneys and so much more. All that work is extremely important but it can’t be done well for long if we ignore ourselves. Be sure to take time to refill your personal well with these spring self care strategies.

Iris bud.

Get Outside

This pretty much my favorite self care strategy for every season but spring has its own unique opportunities. If it’s rainy, put on a raincoat and some waterproof shoes and get in it. Stay safe, warm, and dry to prevent illness but enjoy the season even in wet conditions. If your spring is warm and dry, stay hydrated and get out there. Simply allow nature to show you what’s happening. Take note and leave your phone in your pocket (no scrolling, pay attention to the world). This time outside, just enjoying nature has a way of slowing us down and giving us a bunch of mental clarity, don’t skip it.

Spring Cleaning

Okay, I’m not talking about scrubbing the baseboards here. Although, if that makes you feel good – go for it. I am, however; talking about making your home a sanctuary. Open the windows, put some spring flowers in a vase on the table, simply do something that helps the inside of the home match the season outside.

Eat Wild

Use some of the first offerings of mother nature in the meal plan. Toss those violets into a green salad. Put dandelions into cookies. This isn’t necessarily about creating gourmet meals or using exotic mushrooms. Keep it simple and forage right from the backyard. Use what’s available as it comes to you and make it tasty to you.

Drink Fresh Herbs

Spring presents us with a multitude of fresh herbal treasures. Many of them tasty and healing. Skip the dried herbs and use fresh instead during this abundant time. Go straight to the herb garden and pick some mint for tea immediately. On a hot day, make some tea and ice it. Make it extra indulgent by adding cream for Thai-inspired iced tea or pouring carbonated water over it for an Italian soda. Don’t forget many of those berry leaves can also be used for incredible fruity spring tea.

Mint tea blends with tea ball and honey photograph.

Rest

Many of us wake from winter slumber and become all kinds of busy. We plant and garden and attend to home repair. We get active in sports and community activities. All of these are good things but they can easily become overwhelming and draining. Be sure to take time to rest. Sit on the porch with a cup of tea, curl up in the evening with a good book. No human being will function well for long without rest – make time for and give importance to rest.

Enjoy all the spring work but remember these spring self care strategies so that you can tackle them well and refreshed. None of these have to take an extreme amount of time but a few minutes every day will go a long way to keeping the body and mind healthy.

Yellow bearded iris in bloom.

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Carla

Thursday 18th of April 2019

Esp. important this spring as I come out of months of chemotherapy & radiation treatments - plus getting married & moving last fall...must go slowly, planning new garden areas, etc., and just enjoy the beauty of Creation. 😊

Kathie Lapcevic

Friday 19th of April 2019

So many things happening for you! Do take care of yourself.

Mic

Wednesday 20th of March 2019

Thank you, for the reminder of of enjoying the simple things around us, that are taken for granted, because of our fast paced , cram-packed days that zip by without our being aware of what blessings we are missing out on daily that would help to comfort and relax our weary minds and bodies. Interesting that we even need to be reminded, but we do. Enjoy your sunshine and garden. Thank you again!

Gloria Richards

Sunday 17th of March 2019

Thank you for the advice. I think we all need a boost especially after such a long and rough Winter. I am going to do exactly what you suggested. I have COPD and am oxygen but I'm beginning to believe that the best oxygen I can get is what is right outside my front door. Have a great spring and once again, thank you for the encouragement to open the door and smell the flowers.

Kathie Lapcevic

Sunday 17th of March 2019

Enjoy the sunshine and do take care of yourself!

Jessie @ This Country Home

Friday 16th of March 2018

Great reminders! It's always amazing how much cleaner the house feels just by opening up the Windows & airing it out!

Helena

Friday 16th of March 2018

This is a good reminder, especially coupled with an email I got this morning about enjoying the season we're in rather than just getting through it. And so good to be reminded to rest, something that comes more easily in winter but can feel like more of an indulgence in spring when there's so much to do, and more daylight to do it in.

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