Remember to be Mindful in Spring
Spring has often been considered the season of renewal, thanks to all the flowers that bloom after a long, cold winter season. But it is not only nature that thrives during this season of renewal. It is the ideal time for people to renew their souls as well. It is the perfect time of year to truly become mindful of your inner self. Here are some easy ways you can get and stay mindful this spring and carry it on throughout the year.
Practice being mindful daily. If you lead a hectic and fast-paced life, mindfulness may not come naturally to you. But, incorporating the practice in your life has many benefits, and the positive results are boundless. All you need to do is sit in a quiet place, focus on the present moment and breathe calmly. Removing the racing thoughts may seem impossible, but doing so for only five minutes a day can be helpful. Before you know it, your stress will be reduced, you will have less anxiety and your muscle tension will be relaxed.
Engage in Physical Activity
To get the benefits of mindfulness, you need to use your body. You do not need to exercise strenuously, but you do need to move. Short bursts of energy have been linked to stress relief, a boost in mood and improved health. So, get out there and move for your body and your soul.
It is easy to get bogged down in the stressors of life. Between work and personal responsibilities, it can be difficult to think about all the good things you have. But, moving the focus from the bad to the good is important for inner health and well-being. Making gratitude a habit can greatly improve your outlook on everyday life. You will find that when you feel and express gratitude, you will begin to have more overall positive thoughts and attitudes. You will also feel happier and enjoy more positive healthy relationships.
In the spring, the weather is getting warmer, and it is the perfect time to spend some time outside, especially after being cooped up inside all winter. The fresh air and budding flowers and trees are good for the soul. While you are strolling, engage in a little walking meditation. Go for a walk in nature and notice all the new life around you and practice your mindfulness techniques. You can also use your time outside to quietly meditate. Find someplace that offers shade, sit down, take a few deep, cleansing breaths and tune into your surroundings. Take in all the sights around you, notice their detail and be inspired by their beauty. If you are outside in the evening, take time to watch the sunset. The sun is the perfect reminder that each day offers both a beginning and an end. So, every day is a new opportunity to be appreciative and to try to make every moment meaningful.
There is truth to the idea that our emotional states are connected to personal space. So, if the surrounding area is cluttered, there is a good chance that your mind will be filled with chaos and confusion. Cleaning up your living area will help you cultivate an emotional state of peace and tranquility, and you will have more focus and clarity. Go through your kitchen, bedroom, office and either throw away or donate anything you no longer need or want. Decide to give away any items that you think someone in your family or one of your friends may get use out of. The things you decide to keep should be put away where they can easily be found when needed.
You must eat to nourish your body, and spring is the ideal time to try a new eating regimen by adding more fresh produce into your diet. Seek recipes that require seasonal produce. You can even check out the offerings at your local farmers’ market and then create a menu accordingly. Create your new recipe silently and reflect on all the ingredients. Eat your meal mindfully by focusing on the sight, smell, taste and texture of your creation. Engage all of your senses as you eat slowly and savor every bite.
Get a Massage
Treat yourself to a therapeutic massage. There is no denying the benefits of a good massage. Whether it is to recover from a sports injury, to relieve the tensions of work or everyday life or simply to relax and unwind, massage therapy is an excellent elixir. Mindful massage can even help you be more productive and reduce stress and lower anxiety levels. When you get a massage, be present in the moment. Breathe deeply through the experience and focus on the moment. Any time your mind starts to wander or race, use the opportunity to take in another breath, refocus and reconnect your body and mind.
Adding mindfulness into your daily routine this spring will help you get the most out of the season. Thinking about trying massage therapy? Schedule a session with Ann today.