'Sunshine is a welcome thing. It brings a lot of brightness' ~ Jimmie Davis
The days are getting longer and you have probably noticed that you no longer have to walk or drive home in the dark. This in itself just makes me feel happier. Spring is here and summer is fast approaching.
And so we’ve shared some tips on making the most of these extra light hours! We’d love to hear yours too.
1. Rise early for your morning wellbeing routine
The sun will be rising earlier and earlier. Will you? Pull open your curtains and let the light in. Start by stretching out with some yoga poses starting in childs pose and then moving into 4 rounds of sun salutation. Incorporate other postures that you are working on. Finish with 3 - 4 minutes of mediation. This will help you focus inwards and also help you gear up for the day ahead.
2. Continue your morning with gratitude and goals
Keeping a gratitude log helps you to start your day in a positive frame of mind. Write down what you feel grateful for. Whether it’s family, the roof over your head or your health - we all have blessings in our lives - what are yours? Next think to the day ahead and write down up to three tasks or goals you would like to complete by the end of the day. This will focus your attention on the day ahead and to being present to achieve those daily goals.
3. Go for a walk, jog or run in the park
Whether it’s an early morning walk or one in the early evening after work use these extra light hours to get active and healthy. I find going for a walk helps me to unwind, breathe and think my thoughts and feelings through. Walking can do wonders for you mental health and wellbeing. You could also join a walking group and turn this healthy activity into a social one too!
4. Attend that yoga or fitness class, find time to develop your interests.
During the winter, the cold may make you want to rush home to the cosy warmth of home. There are no excuses now. Use the longer days and warmer weather to bring a physical activity to your early evening. Also you may want to pursue and develop your interests further. I will be finding my inner artist again by attending a printing workshop at my local gallery!
5. Grow or bring home some greenery
With the longer days and spring in the air our surrounding environment will be greener and colourful. Why not spend time in your garden or bring home the greenery with an indoor garden. Learning to grow and tend to your own vegetables will not only save you some money but can also be a fun filled family activity.
6. Let the light in
The longer days and increase in light hours means more vitamin D for your skin which promotes the brain’s production of serotonin, which lifts mood. The sunshine will make you feel happier. If you wish to reap the psychological benefits of good springtime weather, go outside to let the light in.
Light and longer days to follow and brighter days ahead - I can’t wait! :-)