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How to Reset Your Habits and Routines This Spring

Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the sunrise brings a revitalizing energy with each new day. I don’t know about you, but I love the awakened spirit of the spring season, especially after gloomy, snowy, dormant Colorado winters. 

This time of year tends to open new doors and pave the way for new routines and habits. Whether it’s through spring cleaning, a new exercise routine, or habit-building to improve your mental health, spring is a fantastic time to settle in, reflect, and adjust the parts of your day-to-day that could use some extra love. 

If you’re searching for ideas to help you reset your habits and routines this spring, then you’re in the right place! So, here are some of our favorite ways to reset our routines in the spring.

selective focus photography of pink petaled flower to highlight the importance of renewing routines this spring
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6 New Habits To Implement This Spring

1. Add An Outdoor Walk To Your Morning Routines This Spring

There is (almost) nothing I love more than jumpstarting my day with a morning coffee walk. During the spring season of 2021, I picked up a solid morning walk routine. Spending even 20 minutes outside with a podcast before jumping into the workday made me feel more positive, energized, and prepared to conquer my to-do list. 

If you can add an outdoor walk to your morning routine this spring, you’ll find it’s a great springtime activity. If walking isn’t your jam, perhaps try a morning run, coffee on your patio, or journaling outside to spend a few minutes in the sun before you tackle the day ahead. 

Some of my favorite morning walk podcasts include: 

2. Choose One Space To Declutter Once Per Week

Spring cleaning is a great way to purge the clutter of winter! However, it can become overwhelming and time-consuming without a solid game plan.

Try implementing an ongoing decluttering session into your routine so you can focus on small spaces rather than try to tackle an entire room or floor of your home all at once. 

For example, you might set aside one hour every Friday evening to declutter one drawer or closet. Make a list of the spaces you want to tackle and work through your list week by week. 

Need a spring cleaning checklist? We have two!

Declutter Routines this Spring
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3. Adjust Your Skincare Routines This Spring

I spent a large portion of my twenties without the knowledge that I should be switching up my skincare routine with the seasons. Changing seasons should inspire an adjustment in the products you use.

First, clean out your current product line! Get rid of expired products, separated oils and creams, and anything that smells funny. As you start to spend more time outdoors in the spring, always make sure you wear sunscreen! 

Consider revamping your morning and evening skincare routine with products to help you and your skin look and feel the best. Here are some tips from dermatologists worth considering. *On my way to exfoliate my face.*

4. Meal Plan With Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

If you’re an avid meal planner (or looking to get back into or start a meal planning routine this season), refresh or jumpstart your routine by planning around seasonal fruits and vegetables. Maybe you’re craving lighter meals (see you later, soups and chili) or ready to eat cleaner as we approach the spring and summer months ahead.

Not only will meal planning save you time throughout the week, but enjoying fruits and vegetables during their peak will also help you feel good. 

Here’s a complete list of spring fruits and vegetables to remember. Some of my favorites from this list include:

  • Strawberries 
  • Spinach
  • Lemons 
  • Limes
  • Arugula 
  • Cherries
  • Asparagus 
  • Peas

And if you’re into quick and easy salads, why not try a Strawberry Spinach Salad?

A wooden box of fruits and vegetables are a good way to update your routines this spring.
Photo by Shelley Pauls on Unsplash

5. Swap Screen Time For More Fresh Air

I’d be lying if I said my screen time doesn’t increase significantly during winter. I’m not a winter gal, so I spend more time indoors browsing Netflix and scrolling social media.

While these activities aren’t inherently wrong, they can quickly become an unnecessary timesuck. Before we realize it, this is causing a significant drain on our mental health. 

In the spring, I’ve always found it helpful to swap screen time for time outside directly. For example, if you work from home and eat lunch while scrolling Instagram, ditch your phone and try eating lunch outside instead.

Or if you run to your couch after work to watch an episode of Netflix, try scheduling a bike ride, and walk with friends. Or even some other form of outdoor activity to jump into after work instead will revitalize your routines this spring.

You may have screen time routines and habits that you don’t realize have become a natural part of your day. Evaluate your day to pinpoint where to make these swaps and set boundaries for the best results.

6. Try A New Form Of Self-Care

Spring is the perfect time to try new things, especially when it comes to new methods and forms of self-care! If you don’t have a recurring self-care practice, first, you’ll need to reserve the time for you on your calendar.

Once you have the time to commit, ask yourself what self-care you need this season. More meditation? More reading time? And, more social time with your besties? 

Whatever it may be, prioritize it and indulge in activities that fill your cup (even if they look different from your winter self-care rituals. And spoiler alert: they probably do). Here are some spring self-care ideas to help you get started!

Final Thoughts on Resetting Habits and Routines This Spring

Regardless of how we look at it, the spring season is a time of change and growth in so many ways. Let’s consider how to immerse ourselves in this inspiration to achieve a refreshing change to our habits and routines this spring.

We’ve seen there are so many options for what this can look like so start exploring. Let us know in the comments what routines or habits are you planning to renew and revitalize this spring!

Spring Routine Reset
Spring Routine Reset

About the Author

Alyssa Towns (Swantkoski)

Alyssa graduated from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Early in her career, her interests shifted, and she works in communications and change management. She lives in Denver with her husband, and they love going on adventures together. She lives for summers in Colorado and enjoys hiking and stand up paddleboarding. She also enjoys collecting plants and stationery sets, reading self-help books, and is obsessed with the Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel. No matter where her career path leads her, writing, and sharing her experiences to help others will always be a part of her plans.