25+ Ways to Have a Spring Refresh

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Are you in a winter rut? Spring is a time to refresh and remove ruts in ALL areas of life! Try these 25+ tips to refresh your entire life! #TeaProudly #ad

Spring. Oh, when it’s really spring, it makes me absolutely sing.

I always compare it to getting your driver’s license at age 17, at least in NJ – where I grew up. Now, you probably got through well over 16 years without too much trouble, but that last month or so before your 17th birthday is agonizing! It’s like you rue every day that you wake up and you’re 16, and you can’t yet get yourself from Point A to Point B. It’s the longest wait of life!

What do they call it? The final stretch. And we’re in that right now because March still looks like this:

And speaking of stretching, it’s time for me (and maybe you?) to stretch, and stretch out of everything – our comfort zones, our winter ruts, and anything else we’re ready to kiss goodbye in honor of spring. Where I live, winter is so long that I get into a rut – it affects me socially, emotionally, financially, and all-around wellness-wise. However, I also get inspired by my ruts. Does that sound weird? Just as with the new year, spring is a time for me to do a full-out refresh, and get out of all potential ruts. You name it, and it’s probably happening. “The Refresh” – as I like to call it – is an Inside, Outside Spring Cleaning.

Here are 25+ ways to have your own Spring Refresh:

Are you in a winter rut? Spring is a time to refresh and remove ruts in ALL areas of life! Try these 25+ tips to refresh your entire life! #TeaProudly #ad

Time for a Beauty Refresh?

1 – Get a facial!

2 – Beauty is skin deep. Feed your body with plenty of water and leafy vegetables.

3 – You know what’s good for your skin? Sweat and sunscreen, but not always necessarily together!

4 – Try some bright lip color to brighten your face for a new season.

5 – Use a facial cleansing brush to “brush off” the drab of winter.

Time for a Fitness Refresh?

1 – Set a new goal for spring/summer. Maybe sign up for a race or challenge of some sort?

2 – Try a new thing! Take a new class, try out a new gym, or try out a new machine at the gym.

3 – Clean out your gym bag and start fresh.

4 – Get up earlier. There’s a lot of world to roam before the sun, the kids, and the heat rise!

5 – Know your numbers. Get your annual physical at the doctor, dentist, etc. and get physical assessments at your gym.

*Enlist a friend/ally/spouse to help!

(This is mine)

Time for a Home Refresh?

1 – Let light in! Nothing is better after a long winter, because we all know that more sunshine can improve our mood and all-around health. An important task of spring cleaning is to clean your windows inside and out! Or hire it out if it’s too hard.

2 – Start with a good surface cleaning – vacuuming, dusting, polishing, etc.

3 – Get rid of your winter gear! Banish it to the basement and attic! (my favorite part)

4 – Restock your fridge, pantry and fruit bowls with fresh spring produce.

5 – Add plants and succulents to your home.

*If you have a garden, start those early tasks. If you don’t, consider planting one of any size!

Time for a Wardrobe Refresh?

1 – Wear white or off-white! Mix and match your favorite separates for a wardrobe refresh for spring.

2 – Add new colors to your wardrobe. Also consider incorporating them into your lipstick, nail polish, jewelry, scarves, etc.

3 – Be creative and find new ways to wear old clothes. Tie your shirts for a more cropped and fitted look. Wear a skinny belt around a dress? Wear a winter sweater, but with a skirt instead of jeans. Add layers to a summer dress.

4 – Add a light scarf or bright accessories to any outfit!

5 – Mix patterns and prints to stand out in a crowd! (my 7-year-old does this exquisitely)

Time for a Wellness/Soul Refresh?

1 – Try a new vegetable each week! Plant a garden or join a CSA for a bonus.

2 – Go to sleep an hour earlier each night, and stretch right when you wake up each morning.

3 – Ease your stress-load and find time to lie in a hammock, read, or lie on the couch for a sun-bath through the window.

4 – Take a new class! What fancies you? Cooking? Knitting? Farming? Writing?

5 – Have a daily feel-good ritual, like a good afternoon tea.

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Me and My Tea: Surviving Cold/Flu Season.

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As I write this, Des is sick once again.

It’s his second year of daycare and Scarlet is in first grade. Last year, it was Scarlet’s first year of elementary school and it was Des’ first year of daycare. We got hit so hard, that I’ve been dreading this fall and winter because of my memories. We had a glorious seven months of no illnesses during spring, summer and early fall. Then the sicknesses started. All four of us got hit with the worst cold I’ve ever had – three weeks of congestion, sleeplessness and coughing. For all four of us! And it was staggered that we didn’t all have it at once, so it was more like six weeks of someone still having that cold.

That was round one. Then Scarlet got a fever. Then Des did. Both have had other colds. Cassidy has had a sinus infection. We had a good few weeks, and then Scarlet got another cold. Now Des has it, and I’m afraid that Scarlet will get it back.

What I’ve learned in my second year of having two kids in daycare or school settings, is that it doesn’t have to be miserable. It doesn’t have to be fearful. Unfortunately, sickness is inevitable in a family of four in a New England winter. That much is true. However, we can talk about ways to stay healthy as best as we can, and to limit the severity of feeling so sick. We can talk about what to do when you’re better, and how to potentially avoid getting hit with the next round of illness.

How to avoid getting sick, as best as you can!

I know it’s not always easy to avoid the cold and flu, but there sure are ways to avoid getting every round:

1. Eat foods with lots of Vitamin C and take Zinc lozenges. I swear by them!

2. Wash those hands! Of course it’s the oldest trick in the book, but how many of us actually wash our hands for a good amount of time?

3. Eating proteins can help boost the immune system. And never forget your fruits and vegetables.

4. A nice mix of exercise AND good sleep does wonders for your body.

5. Sip that Bigelow tea! This is a must-have item in our house, for us and for guests. Drinking tea with lemon and honey feels incredible. Breathing in steam stimulates hair follicles in the nose to move out germs faster. Lemon can thin out your congestion, and honey is an antibacterial agent. I get my Bigelow at Walmart in the Tea section.

How to make the best of it, once sickness has hit!

1. Meditate. Yes, I really said that. Meditation has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, and can improve health and immune system functions too. Take deep breaths and focus on your breaths. If your mind wanders, return your focus to breathing. Think of your breath going through your body to every body part, from head to toes. Unclench your tension.

2. Indulge in a guilty pleasure. For me, it’s Hallmark movies. What’s it for you?

3. Talk with a loved one. You can feel very isolated when you’re sick. It heals the soul and body to talk and laugh again.

4. Rest, relaxation and re-hydration! These three are so important! Drink as much water as you can. Rest as much as you can. Relax to some good music or a good book or magazine. Let your body really heal with rest, relaxation and water.

5. Sip that Bigelow tea! Even though you’re already sick, tea is an age-old balm for sniffles, sneezes and congestion. Hot liquids can loosen congestion in the chest and sinuses, and ultimately clear up congestion and soothe you!

What’s your favorite kind of Bigelow? What do you do to make cold/flu season better?

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