The reason I’m calling this a bucket list is because self care should be something you want to do, not just something you need to do. Spring is full of new beginnings, life, love, and allergies.. but that’s besides the point. Here are some ideas for spring themed self care activities that you will want to do.
Buy a plant and take care of it
Take some time out of your day to choose a plant that feels right, name it, and find the perfect place for it in your home. Remember that you can keep something alive, hell, you’ve kept yourself alive this far.
Go for a walk after it’s rained
April showers bring May flowers, and April is in full swing. Just after it’s rained, when the ground is still wet and you can smell the pavement, go out and walk. Listen to the birds, don’t drown out the nature with music. Don’t walk too fast, inhale the smell of the new grass that’s growing and the flowers just starting to open up.
Open the windows and let the fresh air cleanse your home
Not only are our homes stuffy from having the windows closed for 6 months, the energy is stale. It’s easy to fall back into the winter blues when spring isn’t in full swing. Some days it’s still cold and grey. You don’t want to go outside, but you can open a few windows. It will let the fresh air in and the stale air out. Play some happy music and feel the breeze.
Buy and burn a flower scented candle
There is something about floral candles that just screams spring. They smell way stronger than actual flowers, and can uplift any mood. I am currently burning a peony scented candle and although it’s raining and cold outside, it feels like the sun could be shining.
Wake up to see the sun rise/chase the sunset
Days are finally getting longer. It’s no longer dark when we wake up, and dark when we get off work. One of the most beautiful things are the sunrise and sunset. Get a few friends, or go alone if you prefer, and drive to a spot where you get a great view. Listen to some calm music, and relax.
Create a vision board/dream board
If you’re not into arts and crafts you can always create a board on pinterest. Print out or pin photos that make you feel inspired and driven to accomplish your goals. Put motivational photos on your dream board as well as spring themed outfits you like, pictures of flowers that make you happy, and spring colours.
Drink your morning coffee outside
I, personally, have a very small bistro set outside my apartment. I don’t have a patio, or very much space to put a large outside seating area, but I have a small table and 2 chairs. In the spring and the summer, I like to sit outside in the morning, drinking my coffee and listening to the birds and the squirrels. This is an awesome way to start your day with a positive headspace and it really sets the tone for the rest of your day.
– Buy spring themed decor/DIY some
Find some printouts of flowers you love and buy a cheap frame from the dollar store, or buy a beautiful expensive wall art. You can spruce up your living space for spring no matter the budget. Changing your surroundings from once-cozy-now-depressing winter decor, can do wonders.
I love painting, drawing, photography, writing all of it. Unfortunately, I have not been blessed with any skills or talent, but I still love it! Nothing feels better than losing yourself in creating something. Draw some flowers, paint some green grass and sunny skies, hell, colour in a colouring book. Just Create.
By spring cleaning, I mean hard core spring cleaning. Throw out the clothes that don’t fit, the things you’re keeping “just incase”. Newsflash, just incase will never come. Put away the big sweaters and scarves and bring out the capris and short sleeve shirts. Switch out flannel sheets for thinner ones. Throw on some tunes and just go to town. You’ll feel so much more productive and a clean house is a clean mind.
Start a new book
Nothing is better than reading a good book. And there’s no better time to start a new one than spring. Spring is full of new beginnings and self improvement. Bonus points if it’s a motivational book. I reccomend F**k it- Do what you love by John C. Parkin.