Featured Well-being Mar 16

Spring into self-care with these 5 ideas

When you think of spring, what do you think of? For many, the word conjures images of spring cleaning, blooming flowers, open windows, and sunshine. As teachers, maybe you think of spring break. Whatever comes to mind, be sure to find some time for self-care and rejuvenation as we head into the home stretch of the school year. Here are five of our favorite ways to take care of ourselves this spring season:

  1. Get outside and soak up the sun! The days are longer, warmer, and perfect for a quick walk or just a few minutes to get some nature and vitamin D. Fresh air cleans your lungs, boosts your mood, lowers your heart rate, and increases energy levels. Take lunch outside, listen to music, get into an education podcast,  read under a tree, or park further away at work to get a few extra minutes outdoors.
  2. Start a garden. Getting your hands dirty can be relaxing and cleansing for the mind. There are several vegetables that you can start seeding indoors in March, including brussels sprouts, cauliflower, spinach, squash, and perennial herbs. If you want to start outdoors, wildflowers are wildlife-friendly, are fast-growing, low-maintenance, and a great way to keep the weeds away. If a green thumb isn’t your thing, succulent or faux plants are easy to maintain!
  3. Start with a clean slate. A change in season can be a great time for cleaning, re-organizing, decluttering, or donating items that you no longer need. If a spring refresh feels overwhelming, start small. Purge or clean one thing a day. After a month, you’ll have made a lot of progress!
  4. Nourish yourself with spring’s produce! Find a local farmers market and stock up on bright, colorful fruits and vegetables. Asparagus, arugula, carrots, and peas are great in spring. Eating adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced depressive symptoms and higher levels of optimism and self-efficacy. Why not try a new recipe with your produce to get out of a food rut? Try this Spring Vegetable Risotto With Asparagus and Peas recipe that incorporates seasonal bounty.
  5. Get that annual physical. If you’ve been putting off doctor appointments, now is a good time to find a primary care physician. Even minor symptoms that seem manageable should be discussed with a doctor.

The spring season officially begins March 20th! Whatever you have time for or prioritize this spring, we hope you find time for rest and relaxation before the end of the school year. 

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