Spring is by far my favourite season. Everything feels fresh and new, and the lighter, warmer evenings make each day seem a little longer. In recent weeks, I’ve spent time in York, Cambridge, Plymouth, Vienna, Cornwall and Herefordshire. I loved the fields of daffodils in Cornwall, the blossom trees in Cambridge and the tulips in Vienna. Lots of joyful moments and pretty memories to cherish. Here are a few more things I like to do during the prettiest season of the year.
1. Enjoy the blooms
Blossom trees, daffodils, tulips, bluebells and primroses are just a few of my favourite seasonal flowers. Spring is all around us so take a deep breath and enjoy the fragrant blooms.
2. Dressing lighter
Packing away my winter jumpers and coats to make way for my lighter pieces is uplifting. If I’m feeling motivated this involves removing everything from my wardrobe, giving it a spring clean, adding some lavender bags and replacing only the things I wear and love. Reorganising my clothes and removing the items I no longer wear feels like I have a new wardrobe!
3. Bringing the outside in
It’s no secret that plants improve air quality and make us feel better. With this in mind, I’ve been filling my home with house plants and succulents. It’s interesting to see them grow and I was ridiculously excited when one of my succulents sprouted yellow flowers!
4. Spring clean
Whether you approach spring cleaning with horror or delight, no one can deny how fantastic it feels once it’s done. So, throw open your windows, put on some feel-good tunes and get stuck in. Imagine how fabulous you’ll feel when it’s over and everything sparkles!
After the winter months, I remove the things that I no longer use or love. I like my apartment to feel light, spacious and airy without being bogged down with clutter. After all, what can be more energising than a minimal space that feels like a holiday home?
6. The great outdoors
This one pops up every season and rightly so. Brunch al fresco, after-work drinks at a country pub or a cuppa in the sunshine, all enjoyed without a coat. How exciting!
7. Being present and slowing down
With over four months of mindfulness meditation under my belt (go me!) I’m learning to be a little more present in everyday life. I started small by focusing on just two activities: my walk to work and swimming, and I’m already noticing an increased awareness in the things I’d previously approached in autopilot.
Thinking about what we’re doing next, reliving the past or simply looking at our phones can prevent us from fully engaging with the here and now. And I think it’s good to slow the mind because it enables us to feel happier and more content in the moment.
8. Catching up with old friends
When did you last spend time with old friends? If it’s been a while perhaps pencil in a date. I’m off to West Sussex this week and I can’t wait to see my old friends, I hope Brighton is ready for lots of reminiscing and laughter.
9. Playing tourist where you live
I enjoy day trips and with London in one direction and the Cotswolds in the other, you could say I’m spoilt for choice. Whether you prefer a day of inspiration at a local museum or an adventure at a beauty spot, it can be great fun to play tourist where you live.
10. Holiday planning
Have you booked a summer holiday or pencilled in a staycation? I’m planning to book mine this weekend and I’m already excited to have something to look forward to.