The daffodils are out and we recently experienced the hottest February on record. Could it be that winter is over and spring is finally here? Before we start dusting off the barbecue and fishing out the sun cream, let’s enjoy this season of new life and growth. Here are five ways to get yourself ready for a spectacular spring!
- Spring clean your home. This might not sound so spectacular, but it can be really refreshing to get rid of clutter and free up space. If you’ve got lots of stuff you don’t need you could sell it on a site like eBay or Gumtree, or better still you could drop it down to the local charity shop or homeless shelter. Once you’ve created some extra space you could give the place a lick of paint or replace a piece of worn-out furniture as a special spring treat.
- Eat seasonal foods. We all know how important it is to get our five a day, but if you can eat fresh foods that are in season all the better! So what’s good at this time of year? Spring fruits include apples, pears, rhubarb and – toward the end of spring – early strawberries. Spring veggies include artichoke, beetroot, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, kale, leeks, mushrooms, rocket and spring greens. Seasonal foods tend to be fresher, tastier and more nutritious than out-of-season alternatives, and because they’re more likely to be grown locally you will be cutting the environmental footprint of your meals… and probably supporting local farmers at the same time.
- Take up a new hobby. Why not try your hand at something new at this time of year? Perhaps you have always wanted to learn salsa, are itching to try your hand at crochet, feel the need to get your DIY on, or have a passion for photography. Hobbies not only promote relaxation and pleasant productivity, but can also be a great way to meet new people and socialise with friends. Why not find out what activities are on offer at your church or in your local community? If there’s nothing suitable, you could start a cooking workshop, book club or board games evening at your place.
- Get some fresh air! It’s a beautiful time of year to get out and about, especially if you’ve been cooped up over the cold winter months. You might want to get out in the garden and set those green thumbs in motion. Or perhaps you’re training for a competitive sporting event and fancy breaking out of the gym and into the park. Even a gentle stroll in the countryside is good for the soul, especially if you can stop off for a cuppa and cake or a glass of something nice along the way.
- Prepare for personal growth. At this time of new life and flourishing flora, why not think about your own journey through life? Do you have any dreams that haven’t yet been set in motion? Would you like to spend more time studying a language or reading the Bible? Are there friendships you would like to develop if you only had more time? Have you been thinking about a change of career? Grab a notebook and start jotting down what you would like to achieve before the end of the year. Be creative and don’t limit yourself to sensible options. Then pick three goals you really want to pursue. Break them down into bite-sized chunks that will allow you to move toward them slowly but surely. Keep checking back over your notes in the coming months to make sure you stay on track, and plan a celebration for when the time comes to tick them off!