Suffering from spring fever? 10 top tips on how to get through spring…

Time to shake off your winter doldrums – it may be blustery and chilly but its official, spring has sprung. As Mark Twain wrote “In the Spring I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours”. The weather doesn’t quite get it and we’re sick of wearing winter woollies – but don’t feel disheartened cos there are things to relish about this time of year:

1. Snuggle days – yup, do it. Why not spend a day with your good friend Netflix, a trough of popcorn and a duvet – no guilt attached? Enjoy…

2. Ssh girls, this is a little controversial, but seriously you don’t have to shave your legs (yet) – just keep those tights on for a few more weeks and enjoy being slightly Neanderthal. Your secret is safe with us!

3. Spring-clean – we dare you! You know it makes sense, and actually it can be quite therapeutic. Clear out your wardrobe (making space for new spring/summer 2018 clothes), make the house sparkle and feel just a little big smug.

4. Easter and chocolate heaven – need we say more?

5. Daffodils – well they’re kind of cheery in a yellowish way. And if yellow’s not your colour then you don’t have to look far for a bit of cherry blossom…

6. A little peek of spring sunshine feels so good, so grab it for 10 minutes or so. It’s good to boost your Vitamin D levels, and you don’t have to worry about spf creams – yet!

7. Dig out those flattering waterproofs (!) and go for a windy wet walk. Followed by a hot cross bun and steaming mug of hot chocolate of course.

8. Release your domestic goddess – have a baking day with friends – pummelling dough whilst putting the world to rights kind of makes you feel good!

9. Even if you’ve only got a window box or balcony now is a good time to get planting, whether it’s bulbs for summer colour or sowing some mixed salad leaves. And it makes you feel good. Getting your hands dirty can increase serotonin levels (a natural anti-depressant), as Permaculture designer Robyn Francis writes; “Contact with soil and a specific soil bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, triggers the release of serotonin in our brain according to research.”

10. Finally, after all that cleaning, gardening and baking, why not treat yourself to a fun outing – as Robin Williams said “Spring is nature’s way of saying let’s party!

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