Spring is all about rebirth, which makes it a great moment to take stock of your well-being and find small ways to live life better. I’ve been trying to find ways to improve my every day, so that not only will I have enough energy to get things done, but I can simply appreciate what life has to offer. Here are three ways I’ve found so far to get into a better groove, now that Spring is here!
Put a Smile on Your Face
Time to stop hiding behind that wintry frown. You know the one; it comes from thinking, “OMG, it’s so cold outside, brrr,” and layered by all those coffees you’ve drunk to keep yourself warm and moving, while seemingly perpetually stuck with those darker days and artificial light.
For some, like me, that frown can be etched on your face the very moment you hit that first cold blast of the outdoors during those long winter months.
Now that we’re back into Spring, the sun is coming out longer and brighter to greet us with a gorgeous warmth, and we’re going to wanna smile about it.
So, make sure you have the best smile you can have. Smiling can actually lower stress and anxiety. It can release endorphins, and studies have even shown that smiling can also improve your immune system by producing white blood cells. Moreover, people like to see happy, so smiling can help you look more approachable and trustworthy when you want to be social.
Have you ever consciously covered up your teeth when you’ve been compelled to grin?
To have that brilliant smile that you’re truly comfortable enough to give, it just might be time to visit your dentist and get that cleaning that will help you put your best smile forward every day.
There are a lot of health benefits to visiting your dentist too. Did you know visiting your dentist regularly is a big proponent of keeping your heart healthy? Many health issues can be prevented, found and addressed just by letting a dentist look at your teeth and gums. And it’s so much easier, and cost effective, to treat any pain or dental diseases you may have (such as tooth decay) by visiting your dentist sooner, instead of when those issues get to that point of being epic.
And hey, what better time to get started on those regular check-ups than during Oral Health Month? It’s time to “Make Your Teeth a Big Deal”, and ensure that you don’t have any oral (or any) health issues that you can prevent with a simple dental checkup. So, if you live in Ontario, you can click here to find a dentist in your area today!
Stretch Your Mind, Body & Soul
Time to shed that wintry spirit. The Winter Blues is truly a thing to contend with every year. It’s why many Canadians do everything they possibly can to travel to a warmer destination at some point during the colder months. But now with that cold hearted season officially gone until next November, it’s a very good time to spring free from that winter funk.
If you’ve never tried yoga before, now is a fabulous time to start.
Appreciate the early rising sun and its comforting warmth while stretching into a warrior pose.
Yoga doesn’t have to be hard. It’s not meant to be stressful, especially if you’re not particularly bendy. It’s intended to give you a moment of peace and clarity, and leave you with an inner strength to face your oncoming day/evening.
Regardless of what poses you do, whether you choose to watch training videos on YouTube or make your way to a studio, add a bit of yoga to your day to give yourself a natural energy boost to both your mental and physical health.
While the Warrior Pose II into Goddess will always be my fave yoga move, here are some poses I found on Pinterest, that I enjoy doing or can’t wait to try some day.
Be One with Your Local Nature
Time to escape that wintry hibernation. Granted, it might be difficult to find the time every day, but when you can, pick up a book, and some sunscreen, and take a trip to appreciate the outdoors for a few hours. Find a location in your town that you’ve never explored before, and simply enjoy the moment, by reading, having a good cup of coffee, or people watch if that’s your thing.
Here are five places around Toronto that are fantastic for enjoying a good book, and the sun. There’s so much to see and do at each of these locations, but they’re also perfect to simply sit and enjoy a moment of peace.
A great place to pull up a bench or a tree.
Lots of beautiful landscapes, and beaches to find a place to sit and read.
Toronto Music Garden
Yo-yo Ma and landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy interpreted the music of Bach’s first suite to create this gorgeous garden.
The Grounds of Casa Loma
While you would have to pay to look around Toronto’s castle itself, you’re free to enjoy a good portion of the outdoor grounds without a ticket, making it a great place to enjoy a fantasy or historical read.
If you love a waterscape, but don’t want to ferry over to the Islands, the Harbourfront is just as beautiful to relax with a book.
Want some more inspiration for Toronto? Check out my pin board of fabulous places to freely visit in Toronto.
What activities do you do to enjoy the moment? I would love to hear what inspires you!
Although this post has been generously sponsored by The Ontario Dental Association, the opinions and language are my own.