The beginning of Spring provides us the perfect time to think about renewal, whether that’s through a rejuvenation, cleanse, or simply a recommitment to a health and fitness routine. For myself as a busy teacher, mom, and business owner, I’ve realized it helps to use the change of the seasons as a time to regroup, refresh, and revitalize myself.
Having had my little baby turn two years old in February reminded me of how quickly the years pass and how important it is to rejuvenate through my own seasonal rituals. How ygou mark the change of the seasons is personal to you and your needs but I’d like to share with you how I’ll be marking the beginning of spring.
1. REGROUP: Looking at what’s bugging me or getting in the way of my great life.
I’ll start by taking a look at how I’m spending my time and if that’s giving me what I need. Am I getting enough time with my family? Am I able to get in ample exercise each day? Does my day allow me to take time in the morning for even just five minutes of meditation, time in the evening to prepare healthy meals (and no, hummus eaten out of the container while tidying the house doesn’t actually count as a proper meal). Are my mornings calm and organized, setting a positive tone for the day?
2. REFRESH: Spring cleaning my house and my mind.
Spare moments are few and far between in my life, but I’ll be taking 10 or 20 minutes here or there over the course of a week to clear out the hall closet, take my son’s outgrown clothes to the basement so they don’t burst out of his dresser when opened, and to sketch out my daily and weekly schedule and slash out anything that doesn’t serve the needs I reestablished in my “regrouping”.
This will allow me to make sure my workouts, cooking time, and playtime with my son are blocked off on my calendar and that an avalanche of summer sun hats and dog leashes falling from the closet doesn’t eat up my meditation time in the morning. Maybe for you this would be a great time to schedule classes or private sessions so that they’re on your schedule for the coming season, reinflate that fitness ball that’s gathering dust, and clear out you drawer of any workout clothes that pinch, ride up, or just don’t make you feel enthusiastic about gearing up for your sessions.
3. REVITALIZE: Giving my body a well deserved tune up!
I’ll designate a three week stretch to do some physical rejuvenation, which has the effect of also revitalizing and calming m mind. During this time I’ll do daily body “scrubbing”, which is a form of dry brushing Juliu Horvath, creator of the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® work, teaches. It’s also a great time for a dietary “cleanse”. I don’t eat a lot of the foods that are generally restricted on most cleanse programs anyway, but in addition to my regular avoidance of sugar, dairy, gluten, grains other than brown rice, and of soy, I additionally will cut out rice, caffeine (yes, you read that right), and my weekly glass of wine. And I’ll tighten up on the sugar, which does tend to sneak into my regular diet here and there. (please note: if you’re thinking of doing any type of cleanse please work with a clinical or holistic nutritionist to find what’s right for you- it is out of the scope of my practice to give nutritional advice!). During this time I’ll also track my water intake and meditation time, to make sure I’m getting what I need.
How will YOU choose to regroup, refresh or revitalize this spring? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page so that we can support each other.
If you choose to implement some seasonal rituals this spring I think you’ll see, as I do, some great lasting habits that carry through the months. And just when you start to slip back into old patterns it’ll be just about time for your summer welcoming rituals!