Spring is the season for tapping into the energy that fuels us and propels us to greater things. It is also a time to reflect upon what we can do to make our lives a little easier by instituting some self-care into our daily routines with a few simple changes.
Work and a busy schedule leaving you with little time for yourself?
Try one of these small changes over the next few weeks as the sun gets stronger, the grass gets greener and your outlook grows brighter:
- Get out in the garden and grow something. If you don't have space for a garden, try a small raised bed or a patio container garden. Start small with a few items that will provide you with summer salads, like tomatoes, lettuce, basil and a cucumber vine (a trellis works well for this!). Plant a few zinnia seeds for cutting flowers beside your veggies. They grow easily and provide a bounty of color for your yard and your home.
- Time still a factor for gardening? Join a local co-op or become a CSA (community supported agriculture). These are popping up everywhere now and will allow you to purchase a share in someone else's garden harvest each week. Meal plans can grow out of each box you receive. Some CSAs are even geared toward grass-fed beef or free-range poultry. Often times, you may get local honey and cut flowers--bonus!
- Take the kids on a Saturday to a local berry farm or orchard for a pick-your-own day of fun and then make a bunch of muffins, pancakes or breads to freeze for weekday mornings or grab-n-go lunch snacks.
- Practice a little outdoor yoga. There are some local studios here that provide farm yoga, or instructors who will come to your home if you host a gathering. What better way to connect with girlfriends and also get in a little practice or start a new routine.
- Finally, select an inspiring book for nighttime reading. Glennon Doyle Melton, Cheryle Strayed, Brene Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert--all great places to start.
Now is the time to take back YOUR time. Let us know which small change has worked for you, or if you have a suggestion for another. Read a great book? Tell us about that, too.