By Anastasia Wehri, MA
The sense of relief is all around us as the cold weather begins to subside and our days become longer. As the shortest month of the year ends and March begins, we can start to notice the subtle changes that appear in our surroundings. We look forward to the time when the flowers bloom and the birds chirp in the morning. I am always appreciative when I notice these things come back around after those long winter months. Around this time, I frequently hear of the many aspects of winter that have become annoyances.
It’s possible those short winter days have started to catch up with us; in terms of feeling worn out and getting back into the swing of things after the holidays. Many people talk about feeling cooped up and ready to get outside again to enjoy the energy Spring has to offer, or even to feel the warmth of the sun again. We commonly associate feeling down with the dark and the cold of winter and begin to feel more positive with the sunshine and warmth of spring weather. Feeling the breeze, seeing the emerging flowers and hearing the birds sing brings about a sense of hope. Spring is a time of change and new beginnings in the physical sense and often brings about a sense of inspiration that can be applied to our own lives!
The little reminders of the ever changing seasons are all around us. These changes present opportunities for us all to take advantage of something we may have neglected during those winter days. Spring is a reminder there is more to come. A refreshing change to what has become the year 2019 is just around the corner. What inspires you, or brings you hope in the changing of the season? How can you use the longer days ahead to act on these opportunities? Whatever your inspiration, you feel that you can benefit from beginning new things. These new things become the seeds that continue to grow throughout the year. Spring is the perfect opportunity to reflect on your own new beginnings!