Well hello Spring, lovely of you to finally arrive. I know it’s not exactly shorts weather but the fact we are not wrapping ourselves up in 100 layers anymore is just wonderful. It’s crazy how much you can appreciate a little bit of sunshine and blue skies after what feels like the longest Winter ever. I’m so excited to start swapping my morning bowl of porridge for yummy smoothies and to swap lazy afternoons watching movies on the sofa to picnics in the park with fresh fruit salads. I’m excited to feel lighter in my body and mind, a little bit sun kissed and more energised. Spring and Summer are my seasons. The Winter has dragged a little and I feel it’s taken it’s toll on my health more than usual this year- so I’m starting a little Spring reset. I’m not going to make any drastic changes but it feels like a good time of the year to hit refresh and remind myself of all the ways to feel amazing, glowing and alive.
I’m doing a lot of travelling in May so I’m going to spend April taking some steps to look after myself so I feel the best I can feel before jetting off. Here’s some ways I’m resetting this Spring…
My Daily Detox Drink
I really try to drink as much water as possible but do find it harder during the Winter months which can start to have an affect on my skin, my energy levels and my digestion. Over the next few weeks I want to really focus on hydration and will be carrying my steel water bottle around with me everywhere filled up with Pukka’s Lean Matcha Green Tea. It’s a great one to sip on all day as it has a unique blend of cinnamon, ginger and fennel- the greenyness isn’t so harsh but the matcha gives me a calm focused energy. This is in no way a typical detox tea making silly claims of overnight weight loss and this is not my intention of Spring cleansing anyway but since I’ve been enjoying it daily I feel brighter, more alert and less bloated throughout the day.
The Supplements I Take + Green Smoothie Recipe
I currently take a B complex vitamin, a probiotic, and Vitamin D daily. Supplements are a tricky subject and so individual, it’s taken me a long time and my own research to find out what makes me feel good and I do notice a difference when taking them. I’d encourage you to read Exhausted To Energised by Libby Weaver if you’re lacking in energy post the Winter and want to educate yourself on all things energy! Over the next few weeks for my Spring reset I’m also going to take Pukka’s Aloe Vera Juice daily. I’m going to have it in a morning green smoothie as often as I can. Here’s the smoothie I’m going to have in the mornings as a way of getting in all those yummy greens.
HANDFUL OF SPINACH
HALF AN AVOCADO
JUICE OF 1 LIME
1 TSP OF PUKKA CLEAN GREENS POWDER
1 TBSP PUKKA ALOE VERA JUICE
1 CUP OF COCONUT WATER
Weekly 24 Hour Digital Detox
My mental health is just as important if not more important than my physical health and this is really only something that has truly clicked this year. So as part of my Spring reset not only am I taking steps to feel better physically but also mentally and that starts with a weekly 24 Hour Digital Detox. The other weekend, I spent a whole Sunday not even looking at or touching my phone; instead I sat and read the Observer from back to front with Sam (our new fave newspaper), baked cookies, went to the market, watched documentaries, napped whilst watching documentaries; I felt completely rejuvenated and brand new by Monday and ended up having such a productive week. I usually spend weekends like this but also tend to check my phone, reply to WhatsApp’s, the odd emails, scroll through social media and the difference it made not doing this at all was so refreshing! Let go of the idea that you have to sacrifice your life, your sleep, your happiness, your energy, your time, your health to be successful because then what’s it all for?
Make Time and Space
I started the year whizzing through two books, The Book Of Dust and How To Stop Time (both I highly recommend), but then I got out of the habit and stopped making time (ironic).I slipped back into replying to emails and scrolling through social media on my commute and watching Netflix before bed but my general wellbeing feels so much better when I dedicate time every day to reading. I’ve just started The Vegetarian which is a strange yet intriguing book and I’m already hooked so good bye Instagramming on my commute!
I do regular wardrobe clear outs and a change of season is the perfect time for another. I’m really getting into capsule wardrobes and minimalism and am very gradually getting rid a lot of what I own in preparation to moving into a new flat. I’m going to spend a little time on my digital detox Sunday’s to create more space in my wardrobe, drawers, bathroom, mind etc.
Both of the above activities help my mind feel so clear and calm and help me make better decisions in general.
I love this quote on minimalism and it’s what’s inspiring me for this Spring reset…
Identify the essential,
eliminate the rest.
Love, Lottie x
I’m wearing Lululemon Leggings and ASOS 4505 Sports Bra, shop below.