The way you use your time is the way you live your life.
Springtime. Can you feel it? The air softens as blossoms burst open and green returns to the once-frozen earth. Vernal pools are alive with activity as windows are opened and thoughts turn to gardens, cookouts, and outdoor chores and recreation. (And for our friends in the southern hemisphere, they’ll be experiencing this in a few months, while we batten down the hatches for the coming winter!)
As we move from the world of winter into springtime, there are huge changes in how we spend our time. Think about the simple act of getting yourself out of the house in the morning. In February, depending on where you live, that could entail adding layers of clothes, boots, scarves, mittens, etc. Maybe at times it even means shoveling a path from your door to your car!
How about this morning? Think of all the time you save as you step out the door into the soft springtime air. What do you do with that time?
Of course, come springtime there are new activities to consider: getting gardens ready for planting, putting away winter’s necessities and pulling out what you’ll need for the warmer weather, tuning up lawnmowers, bicycles, etc.
No matter what new activities you add to your garden of time as springtime unfolds, here’s a challenge for you: Make self-care a priority each and every day.
As any gardener knows, garden soil must be nourished if it’s going to produce in abundance. The same is true for you! Self-care provides the nutrients that you need in order to flourish – in springtime or anytime.
So here’s your springtime challenge: Every day (morning or evening, you pick what works for you) spend some quiet time and choose one self-nurturing activity that you will follow through on in the coming day.
Maybe it’s a walk or run, some meditation time, journaling, reading, a warm bath … anything that you find nourishing and sustaining.
Be sure to do whatever you planned, and if you’d like to enhance your process, take some time to record how this makes you feel. Then after a week, look back and see how this has affected your energy.
Self-care is such a powerful way to enrich your life! And it needn’t take a lot of time … really. A little bit goes a long, long way. Try it as part of your springtime routine; I think you’ll be very pleased with how you feel and how your time is transformed!
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