When there are big challenges in our lives, it’s easy to let our daily routines slide out of focus. What better time of year to take stock of what needs adjusting in our lives than spring, with its connotations of revival, new life and cleansing? It may feel like winter isn’t completely over yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give ourselves a self-care boost so that when those sunnier days come around we can get the most out of them. Here we’ve provided you with eight spring wellness tips for physical and mental well-being.
1. Freshen Your Exercise Routine With Dance
Changing your exercise routine is great for mental and physical health. A fun way to do this is by learning a new dance. According to Harvard Medical School, scientists have found encouraging research that suggests the dance fitness program Zumba improves mood and cognitive skills. This research also showed that dance generally reduces stress and helps to develop connections in the brain related to memory and planning goals.
2. Switch up Your Skin-Care Routine
The weather’s changing, and so is your outfit. All winter you’ve been protecting your face from the elements under your hood and scarf, and SHEbd’s Deep Hydration Sheet Mask will give your skin some well-needed intense hydration, promoting cellular growth and repair. So when you take your daily walk through the park, your face is dewy and fresh like a spring morning. Katayoun Motlagh, M.D., advises that drinking enough water in the hotter months is key to hydration and to help flush waste products from your skin.
3. Practice Loving-Kindness Meditation
Spring is a good time to resolve conflict, strengthening old connections while building a few new ones. A useful tool to have here is loving-kindness, or “metta,” meditation, which is a staple of Buddhist practice. It is a beautiful, powerful way to cultivate feelings of goodwill, and is excellent for dealing with emotions surrounding conflict and loneliness. A daily practice of loving-kindness meditation has been demonstrated to increase positive emotion, activate empathy and even slow aging in women.
4. Create an Organized Working Space
Whether you have an apartment all to yourself or are juggling work with supporting family, the working-from-home experience can often be a stressful one. So it’s a good idea to make sure that where you have downtime is not the same place as where you’re working. Even if you have limited space, make sure that your chosen work area has good natural light by moving your desk near to a window facing the sun. For added ambience that’s stimulating yet calming, surround yourself with houseplants, photos that bring back good memories and your favorite art.
5. Look After Your Health at Work
If you’re used to sitting at a desk every day, it’s likely you’re no stranger to backaches and other forms of discomfort. While a specialist should always be your first port of call with ongoing discomfort, SHEbd’s Broad Spectrum Comfort Cream is amazing for sore muscles. Also try to take a lunchtime walk or do some light hatha yoga so you’re not stationary throughout the entire day. Edward R. Laskowski, M.D., suggests “taking a break from sitting every 30 minutes” and standing while talking on the phone, as research has linked sitting extensively with health conditions like increased blood pressure and metabolism issues.
6. Clear Out Your Wardrobe
Where would a spring self-care routine be without a wardrobe cleanup? It may seem like an obvious positive step, but if there are any old outfits that you can’t imagine wearing anymore it cannot be underestimated how good it feels to donate them to charity, give them to friends and family or simply resell them. Perhaps get creative with the sewing machine and revamp or upcycle clothes into brand-new looks. Try color coordinating your remaining wardrobe so it feels fresh and new.
7. Improve Sleep Hygiene
Quality sleep can have a great influence on many aspects of our lives, from concentration to mood to metabolism. So getting a good night’s rest should be central to your spring wellness glow-up. As this study suggests, stopping use of your phone before bedtime is a good tip if you want to improve the quality of your sleep. If you’re finding that aches and stress interfere with your ability to fall or stay asleep, you might find that SHEbd’s Broad Spectrum Hemp Softgels are an excellent supplement for this, fighting discomfort while balancing both body and mind.
8. Join an Online Singing Group
When you feel like you’re running out of things to talk about with friends and family over Zoom, consider joining an online singing group. The University of Oxford has published research that shows singing is an excellent mind-body workout. “Singing is particularly beneficial for improving breathing, posture … people feel more positive after actively singing than they do after passively listening to music or after chatting about positive life events,” postdoctoral researcher Jacques Launay says.
The Main Takeaway
When you’re taking stock of where you’re at physically and mentally this spring, it’s essential to be kind to yourself and not overly demanding. These spring wellness tips are here to help you feel more balanced, calm and satisfied in your life. They should not feel like another task that you have to achieve at all costs. This all about a fresh start to the year, getting rid of the cobwebs and embracing what the rest of the year has in store. Most importantly, try to have fun!
Lottie Brazier is a U.K.-based arts writer for The Guardian, Pitchfork, Dazed and Vice. She is a philosophy graduate from the University of Sussex and fitness enthusiast.
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Harvard Medical School – Dancing and the Brain
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University of Oxford – Choir Singing Improves Health, Happiness – and Is the Perfect Icebreaker