A collaborative post with NHS England.
After hunkering down in the colder months while nature is getting ready to bloom again, spring offers a brilliant opportunity to look inwards and reassess how you’re looking after yourself. I love that feeling of renewal, rebirth and starting afresh that comes with spring, which is why other than autumn it’s my favourite season.
Perhaps you started the year with every intention of looking after your wellbeing, but with winter being drawn out and grey you’ve lost your enthusiasm with it all. It’s so easy to go off track, but harder to check in with yourself and reboot your wellness routine. Mainly because it’s a struggle to break habits that have a negative impact on your health,
especially when life gets busy and you are time poor.
More often than not, when we think about getting back on track typically it’s the food we eat and exercise that we address first, however looking after our emotional wellbeing is just as important. As you know, I’m a massive advocate of self care and think it should be a fundamental part of anyone’s wellbeing routine.
With spring just around the corner, I’m sharing 5 powerful ways to dial up your self care routine for the new season, that doesn’t involve spring cleaning!
Crowd Out the negativity
A simple way to feel instantly better and lifted is by removing all the negative influences in your life. This could manifest itself as unfollowing accounts on social media that make you feel bad about yourself or ending a toxic relationship. By removing the bad you make more space for the good.
Check in regularly with your physical wellbeing
With today’s busy lifestyle it can be far too easy to ignore any niggles with our health. However, I think it’s important to get any concerns that you have about your health checked out to nip them in the bud and feel better, quicker.
Often our first point of call is our GP, but local community pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals who can help manage and give clinical advice on minor health concerns such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy troubles, aches and pains and many more. The majority of us live in close proximity to a pharmacy, making them a convenient place to seek professional help for minor health concerns. Visiting your pharmacist is an effective way to help the NHS help you prevent a minor illness from getting worse and help you to get better sooner. If your symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, pharmacists have the right clinical training to make sure you get the help you need immediately. You can find out more about what your pharmacy team can help you with at nhs.uk/pharmacyadvice.
Create a new vision board
As time passes by, what we think we wanted to achieve in the year can change. It’s not uncommon to naturally gravitate towards a different path than the one that we first imagined. To help find some direction, sit down for a few hours and create a vision board using magazine cuttings of things that you are drawn to or aspire to be.
Step Outdoors and Connect With Nature
Spending time outdoors whether it’s just for 5 or 10 minutes can be an instant mood booster. Now that the weather is getting warmer, try to make the most of it and get outside at least once a day and soak up that vitamin D.
Treat Yourself to Some Flowers
When it comes to flowers if we’re lucky enough they make a lovely gift. Instead of waiting for someone else to buy you some flowers, why not treat yourself to some. They don’t have to be anything expensive, just something small to remind yourself of how worthy and amazing you are.
I’d love to hear your ideas on how you’re going to dial up your spring self care routine in the comments below.
*This post was a collaborative post with the NHS England to support their Help Us Help You campaign, but all opinions are my own.