The weather is glorious and springtime is in the air at last! We’re wired to feel joy and hope when we can see life bursting forth everywhere we look. And it’s only natural that as dark, depressing winter gives way to budding greenery, we find ourselves longing for physical and spiritual renewal. During Springtime, the Earth is literally cluing us in to the spirit of rejuvenation that everyone can embrace.
Read on for nine simple tips to help you renew and restore your spirit this spring:
1. Really savor life’s simple pleasures
Take time out of your day to enjoy the taste of delicious food and perhaps a glass of good wine. Inhale the rich, mysterious fragrance of dirt as you prepare your garden. If you have a moment of pure silence, tune into that moment so you really experience it. Get a massage as a treat and make a point of staying present throughout. Life is abundant with gifts of indescribable beauty. The more you practice alertness and experience life happening now, the more you will be able to appreciate the good parts of life—because you’re paying attention to them.
2. Keep a spiritual journal.
One of the best ways to practice self-care is to keep a journal. It will keep you tuned in to the needs of your deepest self. So each day, take 10 or 15 minutes to write. Write what you feel: your thoughts, dreams, questions. By checking in with yourself daily through writing, you will gain a keen sense of what peace means to you, and your soul will go to work to find the answers.
3. Embrace an art form that gives you goosebumps
Art is one of the most transformative modes of communication. It helps us connect to our humanity and the Earth on a deeper level—sometimes that connection is even beyond words. Find your own meaningful form of art to either practice or appreciate. Some examples may include painting or sketching, learning a musical instrument, or taking a sewing or acting class.
4. Practice gratitude daily
Maybe you’re having a tough time right now, or maybe things are going a-okay. Either way, get used to feeling grateful for the gifts you do have. Sometimes writing them down in a gratitude journal can help, but you don’t have to do that: Just use your senses and pause to reflect on the beauty you see, hear, taste, and smell around you. Gratitude forces you to continually find the silver linings during life’s storms. Acknowledging the positives in your life makes even the roughest paths seem more tolerable and in time will make you more resilient.
5. Find a spiritual practice that resonates with you
If you don’t want to go to church or adopt any sort of belief system, that’s fine. But it is important to work on connecting your body, mind, and soul in some meaningful way. Check out a yoga class, or meditation, or find a spot by a stream or lake that gives you a peaceful feeling. The possibilities are endless.
6. Weave random acts of kindness into the fabric of your life
There is no better way to renew your spirit than being kind and loving to others. You don’t have to be showy; sometimes a smile is all it takes to brighten a stranger’s day. But if you really wanted to, you could buy a bunch of flowers and give them to a neighbor who seems lonely or heavy-hearted. Paying it forward is a kindness that will only perpetuate love, and love is the primary language of the soul.
7. Find something to smile about every day
Choosing joy over sadness is a continual journey. You’re not going to feel great every day. Bad things are going to happen. But choosing how you respond to life’s ups and downs will affect you deeply in the long run. That’s why it is so important to smile every day. Soon, you may notice that your outlook is more hopeful than ever before. And hope is what it’s all about.
8. Cultivate a springtime garden
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine what Heaven looks like. Let your imagination run wild. Now open your eyes and figure out how you can incorporate a literal interpretation of Heaven in your own garden or home. Find flowers and other plants that match the colors you envision. This is the perfect time of year to start a garden or even just plant seeds in a window box if you don’t have a lot of space. Pot indoor plants and trees to make your interior just as beautiful as the outdoors.
9. Find inspiration through music
You probably already know which music feels intuitively good to you. Find time every day to play music in your home that resonates and makes you feel connected to your own spirit—or to a higher power. Maybe you love to listen to jazz on Sunday mornings with a cup of coffee. Or, say, ’80s pop makes you feel joyous and giddy. (No judgement!) Find a time to get lost in your music and enjoy the peace you feel when that happens.