Spring is the season of renewal, rebirth and growth. All of nature seems to sprout and blossom, as the days increase in length and the weather becomes warmer. Why not let spring be a time of personal growth and renewal as well? Here are a few ideas to get you started on your internal spring cleaning.
Get Out and Walk
Revel in the sunshine after being cooped up during the cold winter. A walk in the woods, at the park or on the beach is a refreshing way to soak up some vitamin D from the sun, enhance your cardiovascular health and even shed some of those pounds that seem to creep up every winter. Numerous research studies have shown that a moderate to brisk walk each day can help protect against heart attack, high blood pressure, risk of stroke, diabetes and cancer and improves blood cholesterol levels.
Stretch the Body
A great way to stretch the muscles and the mind, yoga is taking the nation by storm. Not only is the practice of yoga beneficial in increasing flexibility, strength and stamina, but it also quiets the mind, increases relaxation and promotes an overall sense of well being. There are many different styles of yoga from which to choose, from the intensity of an Ashtanga class, to the quiet style of Yin Yoga, 102 degree heated Bikram Yoga, the flowing Vinyasa Yoga and the alignment-based style of Anusara Yoga, with many flavors in between. Beginners should look for an experienced instructor with whom they feel relaxed and comfortable. If at first you don’t feel like yoga is for you, consider trying a different style or even a different instructor.
Stretch the Brain
This spring, consider expanding your mind with continuing education. Find a class that piques your interest or allows you to grow in a new direction. Many colleges offer not-for-credit adult education classes on evenings or weekends. Maybe you’ve always been interested in photography, singing, martial arts or the art of debate. You might even consider going back to school part-time to finish up that degree or start working on a Masters or PhD!
Renew the Spirit
The Universe can sometimes feel like a big mystery, with many unanswered questions, like, “What is the meaning of life?” “Why are we here?” and “Are we alone?” Contemplating these kinds of questions either through meditation, study of scripture or philosophy or attending church services are beautiful ways to feel connected with all of life on the planet. When we can align ourselves with the beauty of Nature, we feel less alone, less depressed and more hopeful about the future. What could be better than that?
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