We have spent the last few months with the cold winter world wrapped around us, increasing our inclination to retreat indoors, seek cosy blankets and drink comforting cups of tea. The cold sends us inwards, towards our quieter, more introspective and reflective selves and it’s here that we can silently sit and nurture our inner wisdom, harness our creativity and whisper our innermost secrets. But spring is just around the corner, which brings a shift in our minds and bodies as we step outwards and into a new phase of renewal and growth.

So how can embracing spring help us care for our bodies and minds, as we slowly step away from winter? This blog will help you find out…

Uplifting our Mood

After months of colder, darker days mostly spent indoors, the arrival of spring brings a welcome shift in mood for many. Research shows that spending time in natural environments, such as the woods and in gardens, can significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels. So as we step outside more, the sight of blossoming trees, chirping birds, can lift our spirits and instil a sense of hope and optimism.

Encouraging Movement

Spring’s warmer temperatures and the longer daylight hours encourage us to move our bodies more and perhaps revitalise our fitness routines. Engaging in outdoor activities (either in a group or in solitude) like hiking, cycling, or outdoor yoga not only boosts physical health but also enhances our overall sense of well-being.

The Return of the Sun

Exposure to natural sunlight stimulates the production of vitamin D, which plays a crucial role in bone health and immune function. Spending time outside also promotes better sleep patterns, as our circadian rhythms align with the natural light-dark cycle, leading to improved rest and recovery. So many benefits for spending time outside in nature!  

Embracing Renewal

Spring is time for letting go of the old and embracing the new. This encourages us to let go of what no longer serves us, much like the shedding of old leaves to make way for new growth. By decluttering our physical spaces and releasing mental baggage, we create room for fresh opportunities and experiences to blossom.

Spring truly reminds us of the cyclical nature of life and the endless possibilities for growth and renewal. By embracing spring—both in nature and within ourselves—we nourish our mind-body connection and cultivate a deeper sense of vitality and resilience. Let us follow nature’s lead, by emerging slowly and gently and by tending to our needs, both physically and emotionally while tuning in to the potential that spring holds for our well being. 

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Words by Heather.

Connecting people.

Connecting people to nature.

 

Heather works for Feel Good Norfolk and is a medical herbalist in training. Once she qualifies she will be working intentionally with women to support their physical and psychological well-being. She has an MSc in environmental sciences and integrates nature into all aspects of her daily life and herbal practice.