Happy Good Friday! What an amazing bank holiday it’s been with so much glorious sunshine… I’ve been sat in Dalston’s Gillett square with two of my good friends, lapping up the sun and eating tasty Ethiopian food – which by the way was INCREDIBLE! Definitely try it out if, especially if you’re a big fan of veg. One thing I love about cities, is the diversity and friendliness of the people, and I love how the sun can completely change the mood and energy of everyone it touches.
Spring is such a bold season! Creeping up on everyone whilst we’re wrapped up from the winters chill, then suddenly beaming, in a way you can’t miss it, with bright flowers, the sound of birds, and the warm sun on your skin for a few extra hours a day. I started to think today, IT’S NEARLY APRIL! What has happened to this year already?! Time seems to be flying, and I want to do as much as I can now the weather is a little more bearable. There is so much to embrace in this lovely season, so I wanted to share my favourite things to do in spring.
As simple as it sounds, go outside as much as you can. I know it sounds pretty obvious but I’m a complete hermit in the winter, and just getting me outside when I have a cosy bed is a struggle. I am so grateful for what the sun and fresh air can do to my mood. Rainy days (which there will be lots of) are there for a day of sofa and DVDs, but when the sun is out, be outside. Take full advantage of the countryside or parks in your area, and look out for the nature coming to life around you. Go for a long walk, or chill in a beer garden. Anything that involves being outdoors will also bring some life to you. I find sitting high up, overlooking the country side or a city is a perfect way to clear your head and feel in touch with nature.
Go for a run
Something I can’t stand about the winter is the cold on my skin when I go for a run, but as soon as spring arrives I’m straight out there. I find getting up in the morning and running in the sunshine, before it gets too hot, is the best way to get the most out of your run. There are also so many runs to sign up for which are a great way to get you into shape for summer or to raise money for a charity.
Wake up with the sun
This may at first sound a little weird, but with the sun now rising just before 6am, it seems like a waste to spend some of the day light hours, asleep. If you find yourself struggling to get up in the mornings and to get to sleep at night, maybe try getting up super early and enjoying the beautiful sunrise. I find I feel much more tired in the evenings and manage to fall straight to sleep by 10pm. I try to avoid using my mobile and laptop once I’m ready for sleep, and make sure I’m not spending the two hours before I sleep in my bed. I guarantee if you try this for a week, you’ll be hooked on how amazing and refreshed you feel, getting the most out of the day, not rushing about in the morning, and feeling energised from your sleep.
Grow a garden
It’s the season for flowers!! Daffodils are way into their flowering season, and the next wave of tulips and bluebells will soon be on their way. If you feel like adding a bit of colour to your garden/room, plant flowers or vegetables. Veg will take a little longer to grow, especially tomatoes, but it’s such a great way to make the most of the sunshine, and gives you an excuse for going outside. You’ll get pretty flowers to decorate your room and have home grown, yummy food to eat.
Do something different
Now that everyone is a little warmer, and the sun is starting to show itself before and after you leave work, it’s a great time to make the most of doing something a little out of your comfort zone. Travel somewhere new, as in, get on a train and go to a new city for the first time. A few of my favourite places in the UK to visit on a warm spring weekend, are: Brighton (my all-time favourite place), The New Forest, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Cotswolds. Try out a new sport or hobby such as yoga, horse riding, wake boarding, or tennis. Go to a festival, create something new, or even cook/bake. Anything that you’ve always wanted to do but every time find an excuse as to why it can wait. Just do it. It is a new year, so do something new. You’ll soon realise the importance of trying new things or travelling to new places. There’s so much to learn every single day, so make the most of the spring whilst it’s a little quieter.
This time of year really is the waking up and warming up of your soul. Make the most of it, embrace nature, go with your heart, and enjoy every second like it was your last….