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Clean Up And Start Again: 10 Ways To Celebrate The Start Of Spring

To those of you who deny the feelings associated with seasonal affective disorder, or the “winter blues,” I smell a giant fib.

With the limited amount of sunlight and frigid temperatures, it’s only natural to feel less energized during the winter months.

It’s a little tougher to get out of bed, and for many of us, our can-do spirits are noticeably lackluster.

Once the holidays are over, it’s easy to slip into our mundane routines and consequently, slip into a funk.

But, fret no more because the equinox is upon us, which means one thing and one thing only: Today is the first day of spring!

Spring is an awakening of the spirit. Some might say Mother Nature’s heart grows three sizes this season. It’s the time of year for us to jumpstart all of the items that have been waiting patiently on our to-do lists.

The snow has melted; the puddles have thawed, and it’s the perfect chance to get motivated again.

To embrace the season properly, here are the top 10 tasks to accomplish in the coming weeks:

10. Greet the new season with a new hairdo.

Change it up; spice it up. A fresh cut is sure to boost your self-esteem and add some pep to your step.

You’ve pinned a ton of hairstyles; now choose one and go for it.

9. Revamp your living space.

A change of scenery is the best way to transform your mood.

Whether you brighten up your home decor or clear out some clutter, enhancing the appearance of your living space will make you smile when you walk through the door after a long day.

8. Go on a mini shopping spree.

Don’t break the bank, y’all, but treat yourself to a new addition to your wardrobe.

The weather’s getting warmer, and fashion speaks volumes about your personality and level of professionalism.

7. Get fit.

Back in January, many of us chose to start the new year on a healthier note, but let’s be honest: We all forget our resolutions by March.

With swimsuit season right around the corner, it’s never too late to adopt some healthier habits and make smarter lifestyle choices.

6. Reconnect with an old friend.

Just because the leaves died doesn't mean your social life has to, as well. Text an old friend or coworker and reunite.

Grabbing coffee or a bite to eat is the easiest way to catch up with an old acquaintance who's fallen off the radar.

5. Reevaluate your career.

Question yourself and determine if you're happy at work.

Are you being challenged creatively? Are you growing? If not, it might be time to consider a career change.

4. Pay it forward.

Losing sight of gratitude happens to all of us. Now is the time to count your blessings and pay it forward.

Big or small, do something kind for someone in your life.

3. Create a plan for the future.

Choose a goal you’d like to achieve by the summertime. Make your aspiration realistic and attainable. Setting goals is a sure way to hold yourself accountable for your actions and dreams.

2. Write down a daily affirmation.

Choose your words wisely and write a personal mission statement. This is a short message to yourself that can be read aloud at the beginning of each day.

It’ll keep you grounded and striving for positivity in all situations.

1. Get up and get out.

Even if it’s just your backyard, go outside and breathe in the fresh air.

If you’re feelin’ it, twirl around like Julie Andrews and belt out a song. Dance and celebrate the possibilities ahead.