When spring rolls in, we feel like new people waking up from a long sleep. We’re like bears after hibernation, or caterpillars turned butterflies through metamorphosis. We feel ready for a new beginning and a new season.
To obtain this refreshed feeling, many of us defer to a little spring cleaning. But did you know there’s more you can do to reawaken yourself than dusting china (do people even own china anymore?)?
- Get a new haircut. It doesn’t have to be anything drastic; you can opt for a simple trim and layers. Or, if you are feeling bold, feel free to shed those heavy locks for something lighter and fresher. You can even experiment with spring colors. A new haircut can go a long way.
- Paint your nails. With all the fun springy shades available now, the possibilities are endless. Pastels are always a great option.
- Embrace springtime scents. Whether it’s Yankee Candles or Bath and Body Works, there are some amazing ways to tantalize your olfactory senses. The light, fresh smells of the season will energize you and perk you up.
- Open the windows. I will be the first to say I’m not always a fan of bringing the outdoors indoors, but sometimes it is very refreshing to throw those windows open.
- Embrace seasonal produce. Strawberries, asparagus, greens, carrots, leeks, lemons, peas and more are all in season right now. Get your paws on them while the gettin’ is good, and whip up some mouth-watering seasonal recipes.
- Take a walk. This might not sound exciting, but you haven’t been able to take a walk all winter! It doesn’t have to be high-intensity or a workout. Just do it for the fresh air and sunshine.
- Sport spring shades. Pick out some bright colors and pastels to incorporate into your wardrobe. You can feel free to do some spring shopping, or just break out favorites from last year.
- Make the switch to iced. Iced coffee and tea doesn’t seem so appealing in the dead of winter, but now that the sun is shining again, get your butt to a Dunkin Donuts or local cafe and grab some icy cold goodness.
- Study outside. Grab your books or laptop and take a seat under the sun for a while.
- Try new make-up. I’m not a make-up wearer, but for you folks who are, grab some bright colors and switch it up.
- Wear something new. Have you never bought colored capris before? Or perhaps you’ve never dawned a hot pair of wedges. Whatever it is, give something new a try and update your look.
- Try yoga. A lot of these tips will switch up your appearance, but yoga will refresh your mind, body and spirit. New to the yoga scene? You can take BodyFlow, a 55-minute yoga/tai chi/pilates class designed for all skill levels, at Powerhouse Gym right down the road from the college! Try a class for free, or get a membership and classes are included.
- Eat something cool. Get yourself a refreshingly icy strawberry lemonade or dive into some ice cream. These are things we typically only consume when it’s warm, so enjoying your first one of the season will automatically make you feel refreshed and spring-ready.
- Flaunt your florals. Whether it’s shirts, skirts, scarves, bags, or the like, try out all the beautiful floral patterns blooming throughout stores this time of year. That will give you spring fever for sure.
- Drop the negativity. It’s easier said than done, but find something that’s really been bringing you down, and get it out of your life. Pick something realistic; you’re 3/4 of the way through the semester, so now is not the time to drop that really hard class. But you can avoid people that treat you badly or stop trying to force down that vegetable that you’re just never going to start liking. Nix the negative thoughts that plague your head when you look in the mirror, focusing on what looks good instead of what you don’t like. If something is causing you more stress than it’s actually worth, than you might want to re-evaluate it.