5 TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SPRING TRANSITION
Spring is one of my favourite times of year – the air practically sings of new possibilities and growth. It’s the perfect season to re-evaluate your habits, create exciting goals, and give your mind and body a cleansing transition period. The arrival of warm weather also offers plenty of new activities and adventures, so I’ve compiled a list of potential “Spring To-Dos” just for you!
So what can do you do to make the most out of YOUR spring transition? Here are a few easy ways to honour yourself and your connection to the seasons:
1. GET EXCITED ABOUT SPRING/SUMMER MEALS
As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™, my mind is usually on food. The first thing that comes to mind with the melting snow and warm mornings is the thought of salads full of fresh greens, the arrival of nettle and foraging for your own local plants to add to your meals or tea collection, and of course, the grill! With spring comes the smell of BBQs and the sound of family and friends gathering. Soothe the cabin fever with a potluck BBQ or have a small group of guests over and try out some new recipes! Are you the adventurous and outdoorsy type? Head out into the bush and bring a cast iron pan and some chicken & veggies, it’s amazing what fire can do to the simplest of dishes. This time is all about new tastes, fresh produce and being outside, get excited and inspired!
2. EMBRACE THE BITTER
Spring is a time of cleansing and renewal, for the plant world, and for you! Nature works in the most beautifully intuitive ways, and provides some of the best foods for spring transitions as the earliest plants to harvest: frequently bitter foods, such as kale and dandelion greens, asparagus, radishes, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli. Most of these foods fall into the category of “brassica or cruciferous foods”, a group of vegetables that produce liver-supporting phytonutrients and they’re generally very high in calcium, which may be behind their bitter flavour. They also contain plenty of Vitamin K, which actually helps to reduce our inflammatory response. (Allergy season, anyone?) Check out Harvest Ontario’s website here for a complete guide to Availability of Produce, or for some extra help in eating seasonally.
3. REACQUAINT YOUR SKIN WITH THE SUN
Now if you’re brave, you’ve spent the winter outside like nothing happened and the world didn’t freeze over. If you’re like me, you spent a lot more time indoors, eating bowls of soup and reading books or “catching up” on your Netflix. With the smell of new growth and sand in the warm wind, there really aren’t many excuses not to get outside and get moving! Just being surrounded by nature can be immensely helpful in relieving stress/anxiety, it tends to calm the thoughts and centre you a little – I don’t know about you but I always come out of a walk by the beach much clearer in my intentions and goals. Vitamin D is a huge factor in calcium absorption, and may also help the immune system. Moderate sun exposure is crucial for the majority of Vitamin D absorption – there are even plenty of natural sunscreens available if you’re concerned about the potentially harmful chemicals in many common skin products.
4. SPRING CLEANING
Yes, I know… groan. But let’s all admit that the feeling you get from throwing away some of those items that you haven’t even looked at in a year is LIBERATING! Trust me, I know it can be tough. One of my favourite sayings is: “Maybe I could use that for/in a project sometime.”, and then “it” never sees the light of day again. Be brutal; this is your home, your space, your sanity. A cluttered life will lead to a cluttered mind, and a definite lack in productivity. Give your life the new space it needs to be creative, to get inspired, and to create movement for you. Spring cleaning can also apply to your thoughts and habits as well – it’s a great time of year to consider your choices and relationships lately. Are there areas of your life that are no longer serving you in a positive way? Are there people that you would like to spend more time with, people who motivate and support you? What do you perceive as “standing in the way” of where you want your life to be, right now? Make yourself a list of personal goals, of things in your life to be grateful for, and examine the hours in your day that are spent doing things you don’t enjoy. Re-evaluate and make a move.
5. MAKE A LIST OF EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Spring is a time of community activity! Downtowns are waking up from frozen sidewalks, Farmers’ Markets are opening, and cottages are being prepped for the summer’s vacations. What are you MOST excited to do this spring/early summer? What events did you JUST miss last year, that you’d LOVE to attend this year? If you enjoy travel, where could you potentially plan a small trip? If you happen to live in the North Bay area, here are some things happening over the next month:
- North Bay Horticultural Society Education Night: Sam Fields on Gardening: A path to meditation & an introduction to biodynamic principals. – May 16, 7pm. (Click for more info)
- North Bay Farmers’ Market Opening Day Event – May 21, 8:30am. (Click for more info)
- Crystal Journey at Ohana Wellness Centre – May 27, 7:30pm. (Click for more info)
- Guided Meditation with Jessie at Grounded Studios – May 28, 1:30pm. (Click for more info)
- Alzheimer Society – Walk for Alzheimer’s at the North Bay Waterfront – June 5, 12:00pm. (Click for more info)
And as promised – the ultimate list of Spring Transition Activities!