Self-care routines should evolve with you and the season. What your mind and body need in winter can be very different from what will restore and inspire you in summer.
As the transition period between the slow, cold, inward winter and the active, hot, vibrant summer, spring offers us a powerful opportunity to make simple shifts to tune in with the changing environment around us.
Try These Simple Self-Care Activities to Live Well in Spring
#1 - Practice meditation outside.
With warmer weather and longer days, spring offers more opportunities to get outside and be active. Taking advantage of this can improve your physical and mental health.
A great way to embrace the refreshing energy of spring is to take your daily meditation outside. Whether you prefer deep breathing, guided meditations, or journaling, spending mindful time in nature has been shown to improve your overall sense of positivity, well-being, and joy.
If you aren’t a meditator, you can still reap the benefits of spending time in nature. Read a book, sip your morning coffee, or do your daily stretches outside to enjoy a mini break in nature.
A walking meditation is also a great way to combine the benefits of an energizing walk with a restorative meditation. While there are free guided meditations to inspire your walking meditation, you can also practice this by simply taking each step slowly and intentionally. Count your steps and match them with slow and deep breaths.
Dr. Danielle’s Tip: Enjoy the outdoors without the sniffles with BeeWise.
Are you one of the 81 million Americans who struggle with spring allergies? You don’t have to miss out on enjoying your meditation and other self-care activities outdoors. Dr. Danielle’s BeeWise formula contains 3 powerful bee products (Bee Pollen, Propolis, and Royal Jelly) that are proven to boost immunity and help keep hay fever at bay.
#2 - Stretch it out.
In Traditional Chinese medicine, spring is the wood season. The wood element corresponds to the tendons, ligaments, and flexibility. Think of the new spring growth on a tree – the young twigs are supple and flexible. They bend with ease but are resilient enough to keep their form. That is exactly what we want for our bodies, too!
Embrace the wood energy of spring to improve your flexibility and balance. If you already have a workout routine that you enjoy, try spending a few more minutes focusing on warm-up and cool-down stretching. Or, swap a cardio or strength training day for a focus on flexibility with yoga, tai chi, or pilates.
If it has been a while since you actively worked up a sweat, now is the perfect time to get into an exercise habit. Start with deep stretching and mobility exercises, like these. As summer ramps up, you’ll be well-primed to progress your workouts and enjoy feeling fit.
Dr. Danielle’s Tip: Strengthen and support your muscles and joints with Joint Assist.
One of the best ways to protect your joints during a new exercise program (or as you ramp up your current one) is our Joint Assist formula. Joint Assist combines several powerful natural ingredients to support joint mobility, including turmeric. Along with improving joint health, turmeric also encourages healthy blood flow and reduces inflammation.
#3 - Prioritize your sleep.
Springtime can bring longer days and shorter nights, which can disrupt your sleep schedule. Make sure to prioritize getting enough sleep by creating a relaxing bedtime routine, avoiding screens before bed, and keeping a consistent sleep schedule.
Dr. Danielle’s Tip: Use SleepBliss to maintain healthy sleep patterns.
Getting great sleep isn’t always as easy as slipping under the covers at the right time. Sometimes our minds and bodies need a little extra help to transition into rest and relaxation. Dr. Danielle’s SleepBliss formula was designed to help you feel ready to wind down and relax, without having to rely on habit-forming sleep aids. As an added bonus, the ingredients in SleepBliss help improve mood balance and relieve stress so you can wake up feeling refreshed and calm.
#4 - Start a gratitude journal.
The abundant growth of spring can be a wonderful reminder of how much we have to be grateful for. Taking stock of the good things in your life is a powerful self-care habit – even a few minutes of jotting down what you’re grateful for or writing thank you notes to those who support you can elevate your mood and reduce feelings of stress.
Dr. Danielle’s Tip: Boost your mood naturally with Joy Assist.
If you’re feeling blue despite the sunnier days, it could be a sign that your body and brain need a bit of extra nutritional support. Joy Assist uses the power of plants to promote healthy mood balance and reduce anxiety and stress naturally.
#5 - Do a mini detox.
Many people try cleanses and detoxes in January as part of their New Year’s resolutions. But winter isn’t really the best time to “freshen” up. During winter, our bodies are still in need of nourishing, warming foods. But come spring, the weather is warmer, we are feeling more energized, and our bodies are better prepared to cleanse.
One of the main reasons a detox can be helpful in spring is that after a hearty winter, the Liver can get bogged down from the toxins in junk food and alcohol. By giving your body a break with smaller meals and fresh, whole foods, you can help the liver clear out old toxins and function optimally.
Dr. Danielle’s Tip: Restore Your Liver Health with Liver Assist.
Whether you want to simply improve your diet or do a full cleanse, Dr. Danielle’s Liver Assist can help. This formula uses milk thistle, which has been used for over 2,000 years as a natural remedy. Milk thistle contains silymarin, a compound that helps the liver to remove toxins.
Refresh Your Self-Care & Thrive in Spring
Spring offers us a fresh start and a new outlook on the year ahead. If you’re still feeling the weight of winter, this is the perfect time to give your self-care habits a healthy reboot.
Remember, self-care looks different for everyone, so find what works best for you and make that your priority this spring.