10 Rituals to Welcome Spring (and Say Goodbye to Winter)Mar 18
Living sustainably means living seasonally, and it’s super important to make room in your life for the beginning of a new season, while sending out some love for the one that just passed. Here are ten rituals to help you transition out of winter and into spring.
- Swap out your clothing and bedding.
As the wise Mari Kondo would say, look at spring cleaning as a means of freeing space both externally and internally. With comforting periods of snuggling up in warm knits and wool during the winter, now is the time to start peeling off some of those layers to let your body immerse in a new level of comfort—spring air.
Replace your clothes and bedding with lightweight fabric and bright colors like lavender and sky blue. If it’s still chilly outside, maybe swap out a just a few items. For example, instead of a wool scarf, opt for a satin or polyester one to lighten the load off your body. And for your bedding, switch over to some organic cotton sheets.
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- Lighten your home with plants.
Nothing says spring like daffodils and tulips. Celebrate the conclusion of a great winter season by gardening, or get some potted flowers and plants to help brighten your home. Take the togetherness of the holidays and use it to create a spring centerpiece for the dinner table, kitchen, or living area with your loved ones.
- Lighten up your scents.
Relax and energize your mind by sprinkling cool citrus or lavender scents around your home, car, and office space. They provide a boost in mood that will help you carry out positive vibes into spring. From your soaps to your lotions to your oils, there’s always little things you can change to freshen up your living space.
- Clean your windows and curtains.
It’s about that time to let in that cool spring breeze into your home. And this means you’ll need to clean your windows of all the grime that built up during the winter. Once you clean your windows, drape them with a light vintage fabric to create a crisp white and soft-hued room. Your room will look like it has more space thus, allowing for relaxation.
- Rearrange something in your room.
Your room is your sanctuary. With a new season coming in, why not shower it with some new arrangements? And it doesn’t have to be a big change. Start by changing one thing. Maybe you might want the bed or cabinet in a different area. This fresh look will elevate you with a sense of newness as you walk through a new phase.
- Purge your pantry and stock up on more produce in the fridge.
Spring cleaning doesn’t simply mean cleaning areas around you, but cleaning yourself—mentally and physically. The new season calls for fresh fruit and veggies. it’s a nice way to clean your body from all of the starchy foods you stocked up on during the holidays. So get rid of all the expired food and replace them with some much needed produce.
- Drink more water!
We tend to get caught up in those yummy comfort drinks like lattes and hot chocolates that we forget to drink enough water. This is the perfect time to get into the swing of cleansing your body. Buy a reusable water bottle that is BPA free, and carry it around with you, so that you’re always reminded to drink and refill. Keep hydrated!
- Switch up the jams.
Music has the ability to change your mood. Create a new playlist or explore new artists. We tend to gravitate towards slower music during the cozy winter months, so why not switch it up. There’s nothing like new pump up jams to get you up and moving around the house and out of the house!
- Go outside!
With the sun and new spring air, going out for strolls and hikes are perfect. Not only does it give you the opportunity to get out of the house, but live a more active lifestyle. Take a stroll through the park, trail, or just around the neighborhood. Your mind and body will thank you.
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- Last but not least, set goals.
With these rituals, come goals. Winter was an essential time for self-reflection and care. Follow-up with those reflections by creating goals that elevate your mood to further solidify those realizations and initiate growth. Perhaps you can plan to at least go outside for a walk 3 times a week. Or promise yourself you’ll clean and declutter twice every month. Whatever it is, these goals will help you live a healthier and sustainable lifestyle in the new season. New season, better you.