Following the coldest months of the year, what monotonously felt like an endless slog of dark nights and difficult mornings, and Christmas cheer a mere memory, Spring appears to have popped out of nowhere and with it the inevitable signs of flip flops and kaftans creeping out of wardrobes. We generally associate the New Year with being the time to start a-fresh, however the beginning of Spring is undoubtedly the best time for new beginnings. Tying in with this is the association of chicks being born and blossom growing on trees, so why not use it as an opportunity to begin something new as we head on our way through Spring into Summer.
The beginning of spring gives us the perfect excuse to simply let things go that were perhaps niggling away at us during the winter months. In the lighter months, people are generally much happier anyway, so why not jump on the same band wagon, and let go of things that were holding you back in the winter. Embrace the potential for new beginnings, relationships, work prospects, or improved health – letting things go will undoubtedly help you to embrace the spring, just as it should be.
Now that we won’t get potential frostbite (ok, slightly dramatic..) each time we attempt to go to for a jog around the park, it gives us the perfect excuse to take the opportunity to make the most of the bright mornings and longer evenings, and get outside and active on our own terms. Around this time of year also, outdoor bootcamps begin to fill up, the runners come out again, and even walking seems the more popular mode of transport, so why not pop your best trainers on and be a part of it.
With new beginnings comes a wealth of inspiration from sometimes nowhere, or occasionally from something that has been a suppressed goal for a while but you haven’t given the time to it that you would want to. Spring provides the perfect opportunity for you to begin to achieve the goals you subconsciously set for yourself. The brighter mornings can change your perspective on how achievable something is, so make the most of them and run with your goals in these lovely Spring mornings – you never know, you might have just ticked a few things off the list by August, or be further on your way to achieving something you’ve always wanted to achieve!
Another thing people love to do when the seasons change is re-evaluate some of their day to day lifestyle choices. From diet to exercise, and work to leisure, there are many ways our immediate lifestyle choices can impact our overall happiness, long and short term. If, for example, you were previously feeling as though you ought to cut dairy out of your diet (perhaps because you could sense it wasn’t allowing you to feel your best), when better time than now to cut it out? Or if you’ve signed up to run a 10K but haven’t started training for it yet because you feel that you’ll be able to ‘get through it’…. take now to do a bit of training a few nights a week. You can be sure that it’ll result in you feeling a lot more enthusiastic about the run when it comes round!
The brilliant thing about new beginnings is that they give you the chance to start over or begin something you’ve been meaning to do – however perhaps the most significant thing about Spring beginnings is that it comes with brighter weather, leading to generally happier people and in turn, a happier you. So embrace the Spring and make the most of this wonderful (unofficial) ’new beginning’…. as it has officially sprung!