There is no denying that this year has been challenging for many of us.
Rather than allowing ourselves to feel down about this, we need to realise that our power lies in what we choose to focus on.
Let us draw inspiration from the changing season and use the things around us as an anchor to keep us in the present moment, so we can make more room for positive experiences.
By doing this, we will be better able to unlock our potential and declutter our lives of any lingering negativity.
1: Flowers in bloom.
Spring is flower season and parks and gardens are coming to life in bursts of bright and beautiful colours.
Plants go through a lot in the cooler months. Trees lose their leaves in a dramatic and beautiful display of colour and some flowers even die off completely before being reborn from their own seeds when the weather warms up again.
As we enjoy the beautiful flowers that bring colour to our parks and gardens, we are reminded that we have also grown from every adversity we have ever faced to be where we are today.
Take a moment to reflect on how you bounced back from a negative experience.
What did you do well? What could you have improved on? What can you do better next time?
By asking these questions you are allowing yourself to grow from negative experiences as well as build resilience along the way.
2: New life.
Spring is a time where many animals have their babies due to the abundance of food and warmer conditions.
We can draw inspiration from this season of new beginnings by examining the ways in which we can renew things in our own lives.
Ask yourself, are you giving yourself the best possible chance to show the world who you are?
Just as butterflies are emerging from their cocoons and birds are flying from their nests, it’s time for you to realise your worth, stop holding yourself back, renew your attitude and say to the world “here I am!”
It’s time to clear away negative self-talk and renew these thoughts by flipping them into more positive statements.
For example, “I’m too old to wear this dress” would turn into “I love this dress, it makes me feel good and can wear whatever I like”.
With this new season comes renewed positive self-talk.
3: Warm weather, warmer hearts.
You can literally feel spring in the air. Warm breezes, beautiful sunny days and sleepy lazy afternoons are becoming more plentiful now that winter has packed away its chill.
As you bask in the warmer weather, consider how you yourself can bring this warmth into your own life.
Sometimes, often unintentionally, we can be so wrapped up in our own problems that we can accidentally be quite cold to others.
Think of times where you may have snapped at a loved one for interrupting your work or getting impatient when people get in your way and slow you down.
Chances are you didn’t mean to come across as cold but it’s worth thinking about how your current lifestyle is impacting on your mood.
If you notice you are highly strung and have too much on your plate, it is worth considering ways you can reduce your workload and re-connect with yourself.
Having time to yourself is incredibly important as it helps us to relax and gives our brains a chance to rest and reset.
You may find that your ability to feel warmer and more empathetic towards others starts to naturally return as you feel more relaxed and better equipped to deal with life’s little interruptions.
Spring is a time of great change for all living things.
Whatever problem you may be facing, remember it is not permanent.
The natural world grows and changes all the time, and while there are cold, harsh moments, they are always followed by warmer times of abundance and joy.
You may not be able to control what is happening around you, but you can control how you react to it.
By using the changing seasons as inspiration for this abstract way of thinking, you are opening yourself up to the beauty of change and all the lessons it is just waiting to teach us.
Go forth, spread your wings and explore.