Spring is officially here, which means it’s time for all of us to come out of hibernation. Ditch those blankets, turn down your heat, and stick your nose outside into the fresh air - winter is gone and it’s time to re-evaluate your life. Here are some tips to help you change your life for the better...
Change Your Fitness Routine
Now that the weather’s getting better, you can start to utilise the great outdoors in your quest to get and stay healthy. Not only does that mean that you can cancel your extortionately over-priced gym membership and the spinning classes that are, let’s face, absolutely ruining your knees, but it also means that you can get some fresh air at the same time as stretching your legs and getting healthy. Why not look for a 5K in your area that you can work up to? That means that you can earn some money for charity at the same time as getting in shape.
Makeover Your Wardrobe
This time of year, you’re probably looking into your closet with a little consternation and wondering what exactly you should wear now that it’s too hot for big woolly sweaters and not quite sundress weather yet. That in between stage is hard to dress for - and it’s even harder if, like many people, you’re not very good at throwing out or donating your old clothes. Take an afternoon out to go through your closet and make sure you’re ruthless when you’re making your decisions about what exactly you should get rid of. Once you’ve decluttered your wardrobe a little, it’ll be easier to find old pieces that you loved and forgot about so that you can wear them again, and it’ll also be easier for you to identify what you need to buy. When you’re adding to your closet, make sure that you focus on emphasising parts of your body that you love. A lot of people worry too hard about covering up parts that they don’t love as much, which means that you might end up swathed in unflattering tents of material. Cinch dresses at the waist and don’t be afraid to show off your figure.
Take Advice From Other People
It’s a good idea to listen to other people’s advice and to actively seek out ways to make your life better. A lot of people cite self help literature as something that’s helped them through crises and enabled them to figure out what direction to take their lives in, but you might find that coffee dates and thrashing over the ways of the world with your best friends suits you better. Remember that even though you know yourself better than anyone else does, other people may have good advice and insights that aren’t as obvious to you.
Learn To Spend Time Alone
Finally, there’s nothing that will make you feel as at peace with yourself as being comfortable in your own company. Take your book out for company at a cafe, and take yourself to an art gallery or play at the theatre by yourself. Indulging your own interests is the best way to get in touch with yourself. In one of his most well-loved poems, the late poet Derek Walcott said ‘You will love again the stranger who was your self’ - it’s time to get out there and find your own self love.
This is a contributed post.