Winter in the Northern hemisphere is regarded as a time of rest and relaxation. During those cold months, we give ourselves permission to spend days on the couch, sipping hot cocoa and watching the snowfall outside the window while our favorite show plays in the background. 


Unfortunately, winter is also a time when the sun shines less, rising later and setting earlier. This can have a major effect on our moods and energy levels, and by the time it’s over, we’re all itching to get back out under the warm summer sunshine. 


Spring is the transitional period that helps us with this, giving us a nice mixture of warm and cold days so that we can ease ourselves back into a more active lifestyle. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult to start that transition on our own—which is why we’re writing this blog! 


Here are 5 excellent ways you can shake off the winter blues and get into the spring spirit: 


#1: Do Some Spring Cleaning

One of the best ways to celebrate the upcoming season of renewal is to renew the space around you. During winter, we can get lazy (and there’s nothing wrong with that!). But Spring has a tendency of bolstering our motivation to organize and tidy up. 


Remember, though, that spring cleaning doesn’t have to be done all at once. If you’re someone with a busy schedule, then make it a point to create time for a few hours of cleaning a week instead of trying to tackle the whole project in one day. Not only will this help you feel better about your space, but it will also help with your transition into the spring spirit.




#2: Make Fun Spring-y Foods

Warm soups and hot chocolate are so last month! Instead, try making some fun, spring-themed dishes with plenty of vitamins to help bolster your energy and get you in the active spirit. 


One of the best ways to do this is to go to your local farmer’s market, discover all the wonderful plants that are currently in season, and make your meal plans based on what you pick up while you’re there! 


For example, squash and pumpkin are very fall-feeling veggies, but things like Swiss chard, arugula, and broccoli are much more spring-oriented. Depending on how far south you live, you may even be able to find things like cantaloupe, blackberries, or blueberries!




#3: Change Up Your Playlist

Winter tends to evoke the sad, sappy versions of ourselves that stay tucked away during the warmer months. As you transition into your spring mindset, make sure you take a long, hard look at your music playlist. 


If you find that you have a lot of slow, sad, or minor-key songs on repeat, then try creating a new, spring playlist to get your mind into gear. Try choosing tracks that are upbeat, quick, and make you want to dance! 


#4: Make Plans with Friends

Nothing gets you in the spring spirit more than getting out and about with your best friends, laughing it up and making new memories. If there are friends you haven’t seen in a while because of the cold weather or simply due to a difference in schedule, we recommend making an effort to schedule an event with them outside of the house.




#5: Establish an Active Habit (or New Hobby)

Above all, habits and hobbies are the best way to get yourself out of the house. After all, they can be catered to exactly what you need in terms of both activity and frequency! 


For example, if you want to start with a lower amount of activity and frequency, then gym class once a week is an excellent idea! However, if you want to jump straight into that active lifestyle, then you may consider going jogging every morning to get your mind ready for the day. 


No matter who you are, there’s guaranteed to be a habit or hobby out there that can help you shift your brain into the spring spirit!




Final Thoughts

The transition from winter to spring can be tough, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. By following the advice in this article, you can establish good habits and new activities that will help you shift your focus as the seasons change. 


And who knows—by getting out and about more often, you may even find yourself making brand-new, precious memories for your LIFEazine story.

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