Four Self-Care Rituals to Start Your Spring Refreshed

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The change in season is a great time to check in with yourself — physically, mentally, and emotionally. With spring knocking on the door today, it’s a great time to dust yourself off, address some things you may have neglected over the fall and winter, and move into the warmer part of the year with a tidy and grounded brain, house, and closet.

Here are just a few quick, accessible ideas of rituals to take part in as the seasons change:

  • Do a digital declutter. I have so much I could say on this one! Start by making sure your phone has been backed up recently and you’re not putting off a software update for the 19th time (like I usually am). Then go through your social media and remove clutter. Clutter could be groups or hashtags you’re following but no longer interested in, or it could mean going through who you follow on Instagram and scrolling down the list, liberally removing anyone you don’t recognize, enjoy, or even like. You can also do this with your phone’s contacts by going through alphabetically and deciding who you’re never going to talk to again and don’t need their contact information. Delete that stuff! It’s okay, I promise. As the final and hardest part of your digital declutter, you might even consider putting time limits on the apps you’re most commonly sucked into scrolling through. You’ll definitely have some growing pains, but you’ll also be so much happier if you’re not spending hours scrolling mindlessly on TikTok or Instagram.
  • Replace the bacteria breeding grounds in your home. When was the last time you changed the filter cartridge on your water filter? What about your sponge? If you can’t answer that question, you should probably go do it right now. Same with your toothbrush, contact lens case, bath poufs, mascara, eyeliner, and more. Even your ground spices should be changed out every six months to keep them as flavorful as possible. By changing out these items often, you’ll make sure you’re keeping your body healthy by not introducing germs via routes like old mascara or an old toothbrush. Your dishes will actually be clean if the sponge you’re using is new and hasn’t been sitting in bacteria for months. While these are all little points of improvement in your life, they add up to increase your overall well-being.
  • Sort through your closet. Undoubtedly, you own items of clothing in your wardrobe that have paid their dues. Whether that’s a t-shirt or two that have just been worn so many times they’re thin and see-through, clothes with actual holes in them, or bras and underwear that are just tired. it’s time to let it go. And don’t donate these sad, tired clothes to charity. Charity shops and shelters deserve clothes that are in good condition. Find a textile recycling facility and bring them there for processing. If you can’t find a textile recycling facility, check with your local animal shelter because sometimes they’re accepting old clothing to use as bedding for their animals. While the clothes may have done their job in your life, they could still have another life ahead of them as dog bedding!
  • Connect with the earth. Spring is a great time to do an activity that puts your body in contact with Mother Earth. In most areas, it’s the perfect time to start a seed garden, a simple self-care project that will reward you with the fruits (and/or veggies!) of your labors in a few months. If you don’t have a green thumb, though, don’t worry, there are other ways to connect with the planet around us. You can go for a hike, and tailor it to your desired activity level. If you’re looking for an easy trek, you can find a nature trail to walk, or if you like a challenge, you can find a new hike with a big elevation in hopes of finding a great view. If you don’t want to exert yourself, skip the hike and bring a meal to a park, setting up a picnic lunch just for you. Use the time while you’re eating to take in the scene around you, the soft green grass around you, the blue sky above you, and any birds that are singing around you. Be fully mindful and present in that moment.

These are just some ideas of self-care rituals you could do as Spring arrives this week. You can do just one, or pair a few with a couple of ideas of your own. None of them is too much of a time investment; you’d be able to easily complete this whole list in a weekend. The goal of all of the ideas is clear: to shed the remnants of our hibernation season that are weighing us down.

Drop me a note if you try any or all of them! I’d love to know how it went and what you think.

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Emily Courter

Emily Courter

Emily is a New England-based freelance writer who writes about how to succeed as a freelancer.