Spring’s New Beginnings

It’s spring: the flowers are coming up, the sun is coming out, there is new life all around you. This season is traditionally a time of new beginnings—a chance to refresh your outlook and your behaviors. New Year’s has come and gone, and let’s face it, reviewing your goals and plans for life only once each year is simply not often enough. We need reminders, we need jump starts, we need the chance to review where we were, how far we’ve come, and what’s left to do to get us where we want to be.

The new beginnings people want at this time of year are usually more complex than the basic “I want to get more done each day” or “I want to get organized.” The perspective of these new goals and plans is more long-term, with life changes that are more far-reaching.

It’s great news if you’re feeling pretty good about several areas in your life. Be sure to praise yourself for your hard work and accomplishments. If you’re ready for a new challenge, focus on one of these areas to make goals and improvements in your life.

A New Healthy

Eating healthy foods is a sign that you want to take care of your body and you want to lead a long, energetic life. It’s no easy task, especially for those constantly on the go. Add more veggies to your meals, introduce fruits as snacks instead of cookies, drink more water. All ideas we’ve heard before, but start small to change your habits.

Exercising improves both physical and mental health. The endorphins released during a good run spark creativity and give you the oomph you need for following through on tasks and improving your mood.

The importance of sleep isn’t just in the fact that when you get enough, you don’t have to think about wanting it so bad throughout your day. Sleep renews your body and your mind and gives you energy to get through the days and weeks.

On the most basic level, you can improve your health by choosing to spend more time outside, exposing yourself to more sunshine now that winter is over (no more winter blues!). Your body thrives on sunshine and fresh air, so don’t deprive yourself of those elements.

Financial Contentment

A new beginning in your finances could improve your stress levels and allow you extra time to focus on other things. Sit down and make a budget, based on what you’ve been spending, and then see where you can make adjustments. When you know where your money is going, it’s easier to face your bank account.

If you’ve mastered budgeting, donate to a good cause. Even if you don’t have much to give, you will benefit from serving others who are in more desperate circumstances than you are. You can also donate your time. When you participate in community service, you’re perspective on life changes, and some things in your life that used to be huge obstacles become manageable.

Renewed Relationships

Pledge to spend more time with those you love. Improve your communication with your significant other, your parents, your siblings, and your kids. When you spend time with them, place interaction as the highest priority—sometimes this means eliminating screens during family time. Relationships can be your motivation during the best of times and the worst of times. Take the time to freshen up your relationships this spring.

Are you going to challenge yourself with a new beginning this spring?

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