Spring Rituals for Wellness
As we move into spring we have more sun, warmth, and plants sprouting all around us. Spring is the time of new life and growth and it’s the perfect time to celebrate the bloom with rituals to help you move through life with new hope and growth. These rituals are easy to integrate into the things you already do in everyday life. Rituals help me be present with whatever I am experiencing and feeling. They’re a great way to stay mindful and create positive change in your life.
1. Morning Sun Mantras
This ritual is perfect for starting your day mindfully and powerfully. Take a few minutes to walk outside noticing your feet rooting into the earth with each breath, noticing the sun on your face and body. Take a moment to examine what you might need for the day, maybe it’s love, focus, peace, etc. Create a mantra, i.e. I am peaceful. Repeat this 3 times while you stand in the sun. There is no one size fits all morning ritual so decide how much time will work for you. The goal is to provide a space to set an intention before you dive into the busyness of the world.
2. Meeting with the Cosmos
We are often so zoomed into our own life we hardly remember we’re merely 1 out of 8 billion people just existing on a rock spinning in space. Gazing up at the stars is one of the best remedies for stress and uncertainty. This process of zooming out helps you gain perspective. Imagine seeing yourself from a bird’s eye view about 5 feet above your head. Continue to picture yourself as you slowly zoom out (take your time with this) farther and farther into the sky until you are a tiny dot on the Earth. As you stare up at the moon and stars you get back to all that is. This simple practice reminds us that we are part of a much larger whole. Zoom out from your life. Take a few moments to notice the things that are causing you stress. Allow those to drift off into the sky for a few moments. Let the feeling of vastness and possibility flow through you as you look at the stars.
3. Spring Cleanse
The springtime is a great time to rid your space of any negative energy that may have accumulated over the winter months. Grab a broom and sweep away any dust or debris, and open up the windows to let in fresh air. If cleaning isn’t your thing try donating three things that you haven’t used in a year. Many of us have a lot of belongings so many that there are probably a few things living in drawers or the garage that we hardly remember we have or let alone use them on a regular basis. Commit to picking 3 items (or more if you’re feeling it) that you don’t need and donate or get rid of them. Decluttering our space is great for your mental health and has a positive correlation in reducing anxiety. A study by the University of Connecticut found that by removing or controlling clutter, we can directly reduce the stress that stems from the mess which can help us to feel happier, less anxious and more confident in ourselves.