Where I live spring has arrived-finally! The sun shyly peeps over the mountains earlier and earlier each morning. In the orchards the trees are blossoming with their fruity promise of summer. My lilac buds are ready to burst their little purple heads off.
Spring gives us a sense of fresh beginnings, renewal, new possibilities.
I can feel my body itching to move, to get outdoors, to play. I’m ready to switch from the warm comfort of soups and stews to lighter fare of tender crisp greens.I can barely wait for the local asparagus to arrive. Mmmmmm.
I have an urge to start new projects. To try out new activities. To do….something.
And yet there seems to be a part of my brain that still hasn’t caught up. It obviously hasn’t heard the sirens call of Spring! I find myself stuck in many of my winter routines of hibernation.
Even my clients come to me with feelings of increased restlessness and frustration.
“What is wrong with me? I just don’t seem to have any energy.”
“Why do I still feel so sluggish?”
Spring comes slowly.
The days gradually get longer, the tiny crocuses bravely poke thru the snow, followed more brazenly by daffodils and tulips. The bare trees start to sprout leaves and the sun slowly warms up the earth.
Let’s take our cue from wise Mother Nature and ease into the energy of springtime with tiny, gradual steps.
That’s right.Start with Small and Easy.
So often we feel that we need to ‘do it all and do it NOW” but the science of motivation is quite clear-start small and make sure it’s fun. That gets the momentum going and ups the chance that we will keep doing it in the long run.
The truth is “Go big, or Go home” often leaves a lot of us stuck in the house.
Simple,do-able steps are the way to get yourself started and out of the house. Here’s some suggestions:
Many of us work in confined, artificial environments. Florescent lighting, tiny cubicles and dreary colors can affect your mood and deplete your energy. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather to head outdoors.
Even if it is just for 15-20 minutes, I know that feeling the sun on my face, taking in the radiant colors of the newly arrived blossoms and catching the sweet hint of fragrance on the breeze is guaranteed to make me feel less sluggish, more refreshed. Even if you don’t have woods nearby, taking in any bit of green space can help you feel alive.
When I’m super tired, the idea of moving is the last thing I want to consider. Yet, over and over again, w
hen I do, it perks me right up. Regular activity boosts my energy more than almost anything else I do.
Our bodies are designed to walk, run, bend, twist, extend, reach, jump, and squat. Moving stimulates your heart and oxygenates your blood.
When we spending large portions of our day being inactive, it robs us of energy.
I’ve been easing into spring by promising myself that I will start with just a 5-10 minute walk or jog (or wog as I like to call it). Usually at the end of those 10 minutes, I have caught some momentum and want continue on. If not, at least I know I have boosted my circulation and metabolism a bit.
Don’t get hung up on the idea that it needs to be “X’” amount of time or it “doesn’t count”. When it comes to raising your energy, it all counts!
Turn up the tunes.
In a slump? Take advantage of the incredible power of sound. Playing some music with a catchy beat is super simple and yet super effective. Don’t believe me? I dare you to listen to any one of these songs without immediately wanting to dance or smile. Playing fun, upbeat music has eased me through many a potentially draining ‘time to make dinner’ or ‘need to clean up’ session.
Do something different.
If spring fever is making you restless then why not shake up your routine a bit. The brain responds to novel experiences by releasing a rush of neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, which make you more alert. I’m not talking about bungee-jumping or cliff diving—just take something ordinary and switch it up. Take a different route to work. Try a new recipe. Lately I have been experimenting with a bit of photography. I’m not entirely sure why but taking photos makes me feel ridiculously happy and jazzed.
Our energy levels don’t have to remain low. Let’s revel in the energy of springtime by finding some teensy fun steps to get us started.
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