Five things to love about spring

March 20, 2019

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There’s no doubt about it—spring is a time of renewal. From longer days to the flowers in bloom, there’s lots to love about this time of year. 

What spring offerings are you looking forward to most? Here are a few of our favorites—plus tips to make the most of them: 

1. Longer days bring brighter moods.  

Now that the days are getting longer, you’re less likely to be going to—and coming home from—work in the dark. That can be a big mood booster—especially for people who get the seasonal blues in the winter.  

Just remember: Smart sun protection knows no season. Rain or shine, sunscreen is always a good idea.  

2. Outdoor adventure awaits.  

Warmer weather usually means more time spent outdoors. Refresh your spirit with a trail walk in the woods. Or revive your legs with a bike ride to a farmers’ market.  

If you’ve been hibernating since winter first blew in, you might want to make a slow re-entry into exercise. Begin with about 10 minutes a day, and gradually work your way up to 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week. You’ll be a pro by the time summer comes along. 

3. Spring produce pops back up. 

Spring fruits and vegetables are back in season! Refresh your menus to include spring favorites such as: 

  • Asparagus 
  • Kale 
  • Rhubarb 
  • Spinach  
  • Strawberries  

4. Life gets growing again. 

Watching nature come back to life is one of the year’s great joys. It’s also a good time to get your own yard or garden ready for the show. Head outside to clear out last year’s dead growth. Pull those weeds. Fill your wheelbarrow with new mulch and bark chips in anticipation of new starts and blooms. All that stretching, squatting, yanking and pushing is good for body and soul. 

No backyard? Plant some herbs or flowers in pots on a sunny windowsill.  

5. Renew your relationships. 

Spring can also be a time to strengthen family ties with treasured traditions. Maybe that’s Easter services and egg-decorating parties, an annual fun run for a good cause or the first fishing trip of the year. Whatever works for your crew, take the opportunity to reconnect and express your gratitude for their presence in your life.  

Ready to head outdoors? Learn about the benefits of hiking outdoors.