This spring feels more like the beginning of 2021 than January did.
It’s marks the passing of a full year since our lives turned inside out and upside down. With brighter days visible on the horizon, we can’t imagine a better time for a literal and figurative spring cleaning.
Let’s commit to this season of rebirth and renewal as a time to restore our bodies and souls. Maybe for you, it’s clearing out and refreshing your living space; or identifying and committing to a practice that restores your spirit; exploring movement and exercise that makes you giddy.
Focus on the area(s) of your life that are feeling particularly foggy or stuck.
Most of all, be gentle with yourself.
Many of us started the pandemic with an aggressive can-do spirit: an eager list of all the things we would accomplish with more time at home—finally learn to play the violin; train for that half-marathon; take up quilting. Does that sound like you? Over the course of months, maybe we realized we felt a little sad; lacked energy; or simply needed to zero in only on the essentials of our wellbeing and the care of our loved ones.
It’s springtime again. Allow nature to be your inspiration. After all, flowers don’t explode like rockets out of their buds; they open. Leaves slowly unfurl. Butterflies emerge. Rather than creating a cluttered list of to-dos, imagine a breath of fresh air sweeping through your life; a blossoming of something already there; a slow becoming.
Refresh Your Home
Which scent lifts your spirits most? Lemon? Eucalyptus? Clove?
Craft your own aromatherapy cleaning products with these easy recipes. Then, every time you clean, you also treat yourself to a teeny surge of aaaaahhh. Don’t forget to open windows wide for a burst of Mother Nature’s aromatherapy! Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to these common cleaners.
- Wood floor cleaner: 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup olive oil to a gallon of warm water.
- Non-wood floor cleaner: ½ cup borax (find in the laundry detergent aisle) OR 1 cup vinegar with a gallon warm water. Squirt of lemon juice for shine.
- All-purpose cleaner (most countertops, sinks, bathtubs, toilets): In a spray bottle, combine 1/3 cup vinegar, ¼ c salt and fill the rest of the bottle with warm water.
- Disinfectant: ½ cup borax with 1 gallon warm/hot water.
Refresh Your Spirit
Some of us recharge with the tranquility of a beach stroll, others drive windows down, blasting the music of Prince. Maybe you find comfort in a religious practice or find revitalization in a brisk swim. Do you.
We asked some of our Perennial staff and customers, what they do to restore their spirits. Here are a few of their suggestions. Take a few moments to connect with a favorite or new way to elevate your soul.
- I’m a podcast person and I love On Being With Krista Tippett. I find her to be so insightful, and her voice, so soothing. I also just finished Finding Fred, all about the inimitable Mr. Rogers.
- Carving out time at the end of the day for “happy hour” with my partner. She has a glass of pinot grigio. I have a glass of very cold Perennial vanilla with a dash of nutmeg. We are prohibited from discussing bills, finances, repairs or any other admin.
- Every Friday, I buy flowers for myself.