After many months of rest, the arrival of the spring equinox brings with it the reawakening of plants and animals, with landscapes that were barren and dull brought to life with an abundance of light and colour.
As the sun’s warmth shines down upon the earth, colourful buds begin to blossom, birds sing as they collect twigs and leaves to create nests for their eggs, and days begin to grow longer; after a time of rest, vibrancy and growth returns to the world around us.
The spring equinox is a great time of year to start getting back outside and exploring. There is lots to notice as the trees, flowers, and animals observe their cycles of life. It gives us an opportunity to reflect on the process of new beginnings and growth, as well as rebirth. It is also a time to notice how the seasons affect the world around us, as well as our energy levels and mood; it is common to feel a lot better about ourselves and our daily stresses when milder conditions arrive, and the days are longer.
Many people choose this time of year to perform some sort of reset in their life, or to carry out ‘spring cleaning’ with their homes and belongings – this is often because the world around us at this time of year inspires us to reflect on our own progress and growth, and to shed whatever might be holding us back or halting our own evolution.
Getting outside is great for our mental wellbeing and after being cooped up for the winter, it’s important to dedicate some time to getting out and about; research has shown surrounding yourself in nature can generate a sense of calmness by reducing stress levels and in turn increasing happiness. Why not take some time over the next few months to get outside and notice how the plants and trees around you are changing and know that with these changes comes the promise of longer, warmer days.
Don’t forget the clocks go forward by 1 hour at 1am on 26th March – the last Sunday of the month.