Spring is here, guys! I know it may not feel like it yet, but trust me, the warmth is on its way. We’ve already touched on ways to get yourself, and your space, ready for spring, but that’s all easier said than done. Sometimes the seasons meld together more than we would like, and sometimes our habits follow suit. Things aren’t always black and white, this isn’t Pleasantville, after all.
What if things were more simple, and the transition between seasons was more black and white? What if our winter habits were finally put to bed for good? Or, you know, at least until next winter? Let’s find out together what breaking free of winter’s shackles feels like, even in a meteorologically ambiguous time such as this.
Here are the Final Four (see what I did there?) winter habits we should all be breaking to truly welcome spring into our lives:
This may be the hardest winter habit of them all to crack. We’re so used to the sun going down at a horrendously early time, and the temperatures hovering around too-cold-to-be-happy, that we default to staying inside as much as humanly, and socially, possible. Well, good news, everyone! Times, they are a-changing, literally. The clocks changed a couple weeks ago (see?), the sun sets later, and the temps are beginning to rise. I know that a lot of you out there must have been clamoring, itching even, to get outside as winter dragged on, and now’s your chance. Put on your early-spring best, maybe a light jacket (it’s not THAT warm yet, unfortunately), open your front door, and reacquaint yourself with outside.
This is the best time of year to do that, too. Restaurants are reopening their outdoor seating areas and people are taking any and all excuses to get outside. The energy is electric and damn-near contagious. It may not be warm enough to leave home without some sort of sweater, but by golly, it’s warm enough to get outside, and that’s good enough for me!
The end of the winter season is bleak. We have a hard time leaving our houses and we become a breeding ground for the most internally-satisfying ailment of all, procrastination. It’s so easy to talk ourselves out of doing something during the winter because it’s cold, we’re all comfy in our sweats and blankets, and Ellen herself told us to, “Procrastinate now, don’t put it off.” I mean, how are we supposed to go against these words of wisdom from a national treasure?
It’s a hard thing, I get it, but winter’s over, my friend and if you want to get yourself ready for spring, you better get off your tushy and be proactive. It’s time to dust off whatever you had filed away in your mind under “I’ll do it after winter”. Winter’s gone, it’s time to get started.
DON’T BE LAZY, DAISY
Laziness comes in all shapes and sizes, many of which can be included in the previous two habits, but I am referring more toward the overall mindset. For example, and forgive me for doing this, but let’s try to remember how we felt two months ago while in the depths of winter. It’s cold, you’re on your way home, and you need to figure out what to do for dinner. Now, in the summer time, when produce is bountifully in season, and the weather invites us to take a nice stroll to the market, we are more apt to making a beautiful summer-time dish. But in the winter, when things are dreary and miserable, it’s much easier to order in, or pick up something on the way home.
Remove that from your repertoire (not completely, ordering in is still very much allowed) and start creating beautiful, seasonal dishes. Doing so will get your mind out of the winter doldrums and into the vibrant spring-drums, you know, with all the brightly colored produce reemerging and all, and just like in Pleasantville (full circle), a little color adds a lot to life.
SMILES ARE CONTAGIOUS
I think we can all agree that smiling is a positive thing and that we should all strive to smile as much as possible, right? Right. The thing is, it’s not easy to smile in the winter. It’s cold, snow and/or rain are perpetually hitting us in the face, it’s cold, it’s super windy, and it’s cold. It’s almost like smiling flew south for the winter and abandoned us when we needed it most.
Lucky for us, winter’s gone and the smiles are migrating north with happiness in tow! Turn that frown upside down, misters (and misses) and let’s get that spring back into our steps. Sound good?
Until next time – bye bye winter, for good (kinda)!