My top four Self love practices for SPRING….
As we welcome in Spring here in Australia, Sydney’s crazy weather of late is confusing many of us as to whether Summer is actually on the way…..Do we throw on our summer dresses and head for the beach, or are we still curled up on the lounge with a warm cup of tea? All I know for sure is that when the sun is out and shining, I am making the most of the warm weather and taking a long deep breath in to soak it all up.
So instead of focusing on the crazy weather, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite self care practices to help put a spring in your step this SPRING, so you when the sun does finally start to shine you emerge as a gorgeous, glowing, well rested beauty!
1. Pamper Yourself
I am ALL about self care rituals during the early days of Spring! The turn of the seasons is like the shedding of a few extra layers. The weather often makes us feel lighter, so we must honour and nurture our bodies in the same way.
Find an afternoon or evening when you can escape for an hour of ‘you time’, use this time to really nurture yourself.
Grab your body brush or make up a nourishing body scrub (here is my delicious coconut and coffee scrub recipe) and use big circular movements to exfoliate your entire body. Run a bath with some epsom salts and your favourite essential oil, then pop on a face mask (right now I’m loving Sodashi Brightening Marine Mineral mask) grad a good book, magazine or podcast and just reeeeeeellllaaaaxxxxx………….
2. Prioritise optimal nutrition
As the weather warms up, we naturally gravitate towards lighter foods. Spring is the perfect time to experiment with fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables as we start to pop the heavier slow cooked meals aside that have been nourishing us throughout winter.
Right now, I am loving my homemade bircher muesli for breakfast and incorporating some seasonal Spring fruit like Lady William apples. Why not make up some yourself! Here’s my recipe.
3. Schedule primary food activities
Through my nutrition studies, I’ve learnt so much about the importance of not just balancing what goes into our bodies but more importantly how we find and make the time to balance our lives!! Things like relationships, career, spirituality and movement.
I want you to think about the week ahead for you, what are some activities that will bring you the most joy in each of these areas?
Maybe it’s scheduling a walk and wander around the markets with girlfriends on the weekend? Or calling your Mum on the way to work? Waking up half an hour earlier to meditate or do a light yoga session….whatever it might be schedule it in and commit to doing it. It WILL make a difference to how your week unfolds.
Whilst I am a huge advocate for nourishing ourselves through food, it is only ONE aspect of our lives! and we need to put that into perspective!
4. Move your body
Movement is a huge part of what makes us feel alive and vibrant. Moving our bodies daily helps shifts stagnant energy around the body and keeps us supple and limber. As you move through the week, ask yourself what is going to make me feel good? as opposed to, what do I think I should be doing? Maybe it’s a beautiful walk first thing in the morning? A vigorous spin class or gentle stretch session in the park….whatever is going to get your endorphins pumping! DO THAT!
For many of you my self care practices won’t be a new concept, and chances are if you are reading this blog you are already either practicing some if not all of these. But every now and again, we all need a gentle reminder to prioritise our OWN health. To set time aside in our busy lives to nurture ourselves to become the best versions of of ourselves that we can be. So here’s to putting a Spring in each of our steps this SPRING!