Ah, spring. A time for new beginnings, fresh blooms, and lots and lots of cleaning. While there’s nothing like a tidy cabinet to boost the spirits, sometimes the last thing you want to do is reach for a cleaning product—especially when you’ve spent the last year doing it (hi, quarantine!).
In honor of the new season, and as a nod to our April theme, I’m rounding up a few ways to revive your well-being that have nothing to do with cleaning. From simple daily tasks to time investments that make all difference, trust me when I say these are some of the best ways to hit “reset” this spring.
Subscribe to an empowering podcast
I usually love listening to a murder mystery or thriller, but after 2020, I was craving something light and motivating. This podcast is a current favorite, while this list offers some good suggestions as well.
Buy a new journal
There’s nothing like some blank, crisp pages to motivate you to start journaling. Opt for a daily one—like this fan favorite—and get ready to begin writing your heart out.
Make a feel-good playlist
Soundtrack your day with a roundup of happy beats that’ll get your toes tapping. Don’t want to make your own? Follow this fabulous pre-curated playlist.
Sign up for a new activity
Step out of your comfort zone and gain some new perspective by enrolling in a new-to-you hobby like a running club, improv group, or pottery class (even if it’s virtual). (Bonus! You may even meet a new friend while you’re at it.)
Take a MasterClass
Add a daily walk to your work calendar
Make time for this natural endorphin-boosting activity by adding it to your work calendar. It’s a great no-excuses way to get you moving and to get those creative juices flowing!
Update your phone background with something that makes you happy
Put fresh flowers in your most-used space
*Cue the most wonderful aromas every time you walk by.*
Invest in a capsule wardrobe
Embrace the less-is-more approach when it comes to your wardrobe. Use this inspo as a starting point to simplify your style and save you time getting ready in the morning.
Rehab your sleep routine
Better rest = better you! Follow these 8 tips for sleeping better to start logging your best Zzzs yet.
Splurge on a new skin-care product
Boost your skin-care routine up a level by investing in a product that’ll give you a burst of confidence each time you slather it on. A few products at the top of the list? This raved-about serum or this radiance oil, as mentioned by W&D’s founder. For personalized input, check with an esthetician or dermatologist to learn what will work best for your skin.
Find a new go-to recipe
Fall (back) in love with cooking by mastering a new recipe to lean on in the months ahead. Not an expert in the kitchen? No worries! Here are some low-maintenance recipes to get you started.
Add lemon tea to your routine
Consider sipping your way into a feel-good state by beginning your day with a warm mug of water with a lemon slice or lemon tea. This comforting drink is rich in vitamin C.
Discover your signature scent
From a much-loved perfume to a candle that gives you all the *feels,* find a scent that sparks joy and use it on repeat in the months ahead.
Sarah Schuh is a copywriter and freelance writer living in Chicago. She loves idioms, alliteration, and any excuse to use an emoji. 😊 While not crafting content, she enjoys new #momlife (to daughter, Charlotte, born November 2020). Check out her site where she shares honest parenting inspo and insight at www.sarahschuh.com.