It's time to usher in spring! The air is warmer, the colors more vibrant and everyone is exhaling a sigh of relief, realizing that the new season is truly upon us. Welcoming this time of renewal may be inspiring you to do all of those things you’ve been itching to get to. Tending to the garden, deep cleaning the house, spending time with loved ones in the sweet, fresh air and getting back into a wellness routine are likely renewed priorities. But beyond the abundance, how are you practicing self-care this spring?
While we all feel the urge to get back to things we’ve missed, keep in mind that taking care of YOU remains a priority. As a result of self-care, your healthy mindset will serve both you and the ones you love most. And above all? Incorporating the following three practices will leave you feeling renewed, inspired, and well from the inside out.
Moving your body may feel like a given in the spring. The sun is shining and it feels as though you’re being pulled from your cocoon. Preparing flower beds, mowing the lawn and finally meeting up with friends and family outdoors is motivation enough to get moving. The long-awaited warmth urges us to catch up on all of those outdoor activities that have been on hold.
You’ve likely heard the myriad benefits that come from meditation. If sitting still feels too daunting, try incorporating a simple walking meditation into your routine. To start, choose a path or route that you know well (familiar enough to not have to think about each turn or where you’ll end up). As you walk, set an intention for how you want to feel for the day. This can be as simple as, “I am calm,” “I am centered,” or “I am enough.” Move slowly and deliberately. Focus on how it feels to place weight under each foot. Embrace the feel of the air on your skin. Breathe deeply, inhaling the thought, “I am,” and exhaling with your intention for the day (calm, centered, etc.). This walk should take longer than a normal stroll; relish the time. You will notice the positive mental and emotional effects last much longer as well.
Looking for a more physically challenging way to practice self-care? Take a yoga class, go for a jog, or have a friend join you for a mid-afternoon power walk. The more you move your body this spring, the better you’ll connect to yourself throughout the season.
In the era of working from home, it can be easy to squeeze hours in from early morning to late night. The result? Missing out on all of the change, growth and beauty of the spring. Make it a point to get outside at least once a day. If only for ten minutes during your lunch break, the rush of being in nature can truly reinvigorate the senses. What's more, you'll find that the benefits of breathing fresh air can provide a lift that will carry you through until end of day. In addition, the act of being in nature can help you connect to a deeper part of you. Before you know it, you'll feel yourself growing alongside the flora outdoors.
Does your morning start by scrolling through your phone while gulping down your morning java? Instead, consider a brisk walk around the block instead. Need a lunchtime pick-me-up? Take a leisurely stroll in the backyard. Stop to notice the new growth on each stem and vine. Breathe fully. Feeling drowsy early in the evening? Make after dinner outdoor time a new commitment, and connect with family away from screens. Above all, allow this slice of time to become a way to embrace the longer hours of light throughout the spring.
All of these ideas will provide you with regular boosts of energy. But the most potent way to practice self-care? Carving out time specifically for YOU. Creating balance in your life (especially during a season that inspires us to make up for lost time) is a commitment. A reboot to your mental, physical and emotional well-being. Treat yourself to weekly blocks of time dedicated toward moving you closer to your best self.
Massage is a go-to self-care tool for many, and for good reason. Muscles feeling achy from sitting at a computer for hours on end? A massage can help, by breaking up tension and providing deep relief from the stress of working from home. Our therapists are highly trained and available to aid you in your journey toward overall health. Enhance your experience by asking for our Hot Stone Signature Massage; a 75 minute session combining Swedish and deep tissue massage techniques with the thermal energy of heated basalt stones, promoting relaxation and relieving tension. Feet begging for a break? Book a 1.5 hour Foot and Soul massage. where we start by offering all of the benefits of a full body massage, then emphasize soothing, toning and refreshing feet. Give the soles that work hard for you every day a much needed break.
When you take the time to pause and truly ask your body what it needs, the answer may be a resounding “self-care, please!” Sore joints and a lack of time to focus on health and wellness means that you deserve to take a targeted break. And above all? You'll experience the sweetness of replenishment. Our April special, Spring Clean Detox, allows you just that, by spending a morning or afternoon clearing the physical clutter and getting back to you. Luxuriate in a 75 minute signature massage combined with the ancient art of cupping. This will allow your body to flush away toxins and find relief in deep relaxation. Pair this powerful gift to yourself with a 60 minute Happy Feet Pedicure, where you will experience the multitude of benefits that come from four different CBD products. Finally, enjoy as a hot stone massage that comes with this special package.
Take care of yourselves, and we look forward to seeing you this spring!