A.K.A “Spring Cleaning”. There’s no better feeling than a freshly cleaned, organized space. Plus, when the space you're in is clear, in effect, so is your mind. Start the decluttering by dedicating a Sunday – or a full weekend, if needed – to gathering all that has piled up over the winter season: cozy layers, hats and gloves, holiday gifts, winter decor... all of the random things that have collected while you’ve been cooped up indoors. Then, once everything that has been deemed “clutter” is gathered, decide what to keep and what to toss. Likely, most items will be tossable, but for those that aren’t, pack them away to use in the next winter season. Create a fresh, clean environment that will soon fill with all that the new season brings.
The best part of decluttering your space after the winter season? The blank canvas it creates. Your physical space directly affects your mental space, and when it’s cluttered and overwhelmed, so is your mind. Once you’ve cleared out the old, seasonal items that piled up over the months, embrace the clean slate and make your space your own again. Adopt an “out with the old, in with the new” mindset and redecorate/reconfigure your space for a new and personalized environment that matches your refreshed Spring vibe. Keep it minimal for a clean, simplified look, or liven it up with Spring themed decor and fresh florals to bring an instant mood boost. Choose to create a space that feels the most true to you and your energy in this season.
If you’re not in the practice of doing this already, we highly recommend doing so if you can. Swapping out your closet each season offers a range of benefits. For one, it gives you the opportunity to sell or donate items you no longer wear or need. Instead of packing away all of your winter pieces in one fell swoop, take the time to sort through your clothing. If you didn’t wear a piece at all this past season, that’s a good sign the piece can go. Second, it’ll free up some much needed closet space, allowing for an easier outfit selection process and more space for new items, if you please. Third, an overwhelmed space overwhelms the mind, and your closet can easily become one of those overwhelming things. There’s a sense of freedom that comes with minimizing a space and your belongings. Not only does this provide space for new pieces, but it also pushes you to become more creative with your outfit pairings. Embrace the challenge and let that style creativity flow.
The winter workout routine can get a bit monotonous, and due to COVID, a lot of us have been forced to workout at home alone. Take advantage of the warmer weather and switch up your fitness routine, bringing it outdoors and trying something new or that you haven’t done in a while. The change of scenery and fresh air will energize you, and a new activity will make your workout all the more exciting. Plus, doing the same activity in the same location, day in and day out, can cause a fitness plateau in which results aren’t readily seen. So go for a run, sign up for an outdoor bootcamp or yoga class, or maybe take up cycling. The best way to avoid a plateau is to switch things up a bit, challenging your body to adapt to new environments and new movements.
Not only will your physical health benefit from being outdoors, but so will your mental and emotional health. For those of us who live in cooler climates, seasonal affective disorder(SAD) hits hard during winter, bringing down our moods and motivation. Nature has a phenomenal impact on one’s well-being, as connecting with nature elicits a free, peaceful feeling. This in turn provides a relaxing, endorphin-producing effect, especially during the warmer, sunnier months. Aside from taking your workout outdoors, take your breaks and social hangs outside as well. Go for a daily walk around your neighborhood or local park, hit the trails for a hike, reserve a table at a local patio or brewery, or plan a picnic in the park. Give yourself some much needed time in nature and the sun and ride the feel-good vibes into this new season of growth and change.