It’s spring. You know what that means?
Now every weekend there will be like 10 events all scheduled at the same time that all sound really cool and I want to go to them all.
It doesn’t hurt my skin to go outside anymore! Let’s do all the things!
I think most of us feel this surge of energy when the weather gets warm. We want to shed off the layers of winter and break free into the sun. Which is great, and we should do that, but we need to be mindful of how fast we jump into that.
Every time the weather warms up a little, I see folks outside in shorts, flip-flops and tank tops. 60 degrees feels really warm right now compared to the insane snow and polar vortexes of winter, but that’s a huge shock to our bodies to suddenly have our skin super exposed. And I'm a Jersey Girl, I love me some flip-flops. So often people get sick during this transitional time, because we take it too fast. We get too excited!
There’s a huge benefit to slowing down year round, and especially during seasonal transitions. Slowing down helps our nervous system relax, helps our brains focus better and helps us feel happier and more content. Who doesn’t want that?
Easier said than done, I know.
I’m definitely in the camp of do as I say and not as I do when it comes to slowing down and easing into things. I eat in front of my computer. I rarely meditate. I stay up too late working on projects that can wait. I over schedule myself.
But at the same time, I’ve also resisted the urge to stop wearing my scarf. I haven’t broken out my bin of warm weather clothes. I’ve said no to a lot of people, commitments and outings. And I’ve napped! Oh, the naps. So so good.
So as we move forward into the warm weather, I invite you to find ways to slow down and ease into spring in your own life. Maybe that means you read before bed instead of staring at a screen. Maybe you take a leisurely walk instead of a hurried drive. Or maybe it’s just doing the things you have to get done with more focus and intention, instead of simultaneously making a mental list of what else needs to get done.
Take deep breathes, and take care of you!
What are your favorite ways to slow down? Let me know in the comments below!