It has been a long winter of lockdown restrictions, but the good news is, that spring is here and constraints are easing.
Spring can often seem short lived, one minute it is winter and the next it is summer. So, for me, it is important that I take advantage of this time of year while it lasts.
Here are some ideas to ensure that we all make the most out of this transitional season.
Enjoy the warmer months in the great outdoors
Take full advantage of the warmer days by getting outside. Whether you opt for dinner on the patio or a cycle ride in the sun, it is important to start enjoying everything that spring has to offer.
Over the last few weeks, I have enjoyed lacing up my trainers and heading out for a fell run in the peak district. It has been so lovely to see the new blooming flowers and active wildlife that are not accessible from the confines of my house.
Appreciate the signs of spring
How many times do you zone-out on your commute to university and not look around? Take time this spring to look at what is happening around you and you’ll be surprised at what you find.
For me, living in the moment is still a struggle as I often find myself in a manic rush to get things done. However, when I have taken the time to look around, I see that spring is bursting all around me and soon remember why slowing down and living in the moment is so important.
Give your garden a makeover
The garden will need some tender loving care after the winter to ensure it is looking it’s best for the relaxing on restrictions on March 29th, when outdoor gatherings of either 6 people or 2 households will be allowed.
I have been busy planting colourful flowers and installing solar powered lanterns to brighten up my garden and provide some instance ambience.
Eat in sync with the season
There is nothing more welcoming than celebrating spring with the flavour of new colourful and tasty seasonal ingredients which include:
- Vegetables: Artichokes, Arugula, Asparagus, Beets, Bok Choy, Carrots, Fennel, Fava Beans, Herbs, Leeks, Salad Greens, Morels, Onions, Peas, New potatoes, Radishes, Ramps, Rhubarb, Scallions, Spinach
- Fruits: Apricots, Strawberries, Cherries, Blackcurrant, Gooseberry.
Declutter your home
No matter how neat and tidy you naturally are, it is all too easy for clutter to pile up in your home. The age-old tradition of clearing away the cobwebs from the winter will give your living space a fresh beginning for the warmer months ahead, especially as it will not be long until we can invite guests back into our home.
Organise your university work in readiness for exams and assessments
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but now is a great the time to start organising your revision materials for the upcoming end of year exams and assessments. Believe me, early organisation will help reduce anxiety and stress ( even if it feels like it’s only two minutes since January assessments1)
I rarely keep any paper notes, but my online files can still get into a bit of a mess. I like to take my time before the real revision starts to ensure that everything is in a coherent filing system, ensuring that hunting for files is a winter phenomenon.
Consider the redecoration of your home
This is the perfect time to sit back and assess the strengths and weaknesses of your current living space and to reach a decision about whether or not it could be improved through a change in decoration styles.
I have just started changing up the prints, photographs and artwork around my home to freshen things up without having to embark on a major DIY project or splashing the cash.
For more ideas on how to give your home a facelift, take a look at my blog titled ‘there’s nothing a string of fairy lights can’t fix’.
Make use of the outdoor attractions when they open
On April 12th, most outdoor attractions and settings are set to re-open. Take full advantage of the opportunity to get outside and experience a different environment by visiting the zoo or theme park with members of your household.
Book a table for dinner or drinks outside
Hospitality venues will soon be able to serve food and drink outside, something I’m sure that we are all desperately waiting for.
Brighten up your wardrobe
It has been too long since we were able to dress to impress and so now is the time to start experimenting with vibrant colours, clashing pastels, and outrageous prints. Think, post-lockdown couture- where the rules are gone, and anything goes. Winter/summer amalgamations are acceptable and big/bold outfits are in!
I often use clothes to lift my mood, and after a year of uncertainty, the power of a great outfit is more significant than ever.
Get up earlier and enjoy the brighter mornings
Lighter mornings are the perfect opportunity to commit to an earlier start and really ‘cease the day’. Dedicate the additional time for self-care activities that will bring some calm and stillness before the daily chaos begins.
I try to ensure that my morning routine is free from chaos and allows my body and mind the time to wake-up. A typical morning, for me, is spent journaling or reading with a scented candle and freshly brewed coffee.
For more ideas on how you can enjoy the brighter mornings and establish a morning regimen, read my blog on how to ‘perfect your morning routine with 10 simple steps’.
Celebrate with loved ones
If you are going to enjoy the season, you might as well celebrate it! There is nothing quite like being surrounded with your friends and family to bring out the best in any season.
N.B. Ensure that all your arrangements are within the confines of the current national restrictions which can be found on the gov.uk website.
Spring is a gateway to summer, and I am so happy that it has finally arrived. I am already starting to take full advantage of the warmer weather and longer days by getting outside and enjoying some (limited) social interaction.