Spring is a time for renewal. Flowers begin to bloom. Our long-sleeved sweaters become a bit too heavy for the season. We’re anxious to open the windows and let in some fresh air before the summer heat sets in soon. Our moods lift. Our spirits are high. As they say, Spring is in the air. But more parts of our lives could use a refresh button.

For starters, you can begin with your fitness routine. With the sun shining longer and the weather warming up nicely, you no longer have to work out indoors. You can rev up your workout routine with a jaunt outdoors.

Go big. Sign up for a Couch to 5k or go even bigger and gather a group of friends or coworkers and sign up for a 10k. Set a goal and start taking steps to make it happen. Getting out in the elements will boost your self-esteem, give your endorphins a jolt, and help you get in tip-top shape for the summer.

Why not go for a little relaxation this Spring?

You’re probably in need of a little R&R. What better way to get it than to take some time to soothe your mind and soul with relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation? Meditation is the ultimate way to focus on things that matter. It fosters positivity, love, and light. It takes you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and gives you time to rejuvenate your soul. Yoga has many of the same benefits, but with a bonus: Yoga helps your physical health as well.

Rebuild or strengthen your relationships with those you care about.

Take some time to focus on your friendships and find ways to reconnect. If it feels like work or seems overwhelming to reconnect and rebuild those bridges, springtime is the perfect time to rethink those bonds. If that connection invites negativity into your life, let it go. Just like you declutter your desk, you can declutter the muck in other aspects of your life.

Unplug your devices

This is a biggie. Unplug your devices. Lock them in a drawer. Shut them off. Do whatever you have to do to enjoy the season. Yes, social media is fun – sometimes – but it’s not the end all be all. You don’t need it as much as you think you do. Reclaim your time. You’ll be happier for it.

Spring is the perfect time of year to empty the junk drawer, rid your closets of clothes you haven’t warn in a long time, clean off your desk, clean your garage and attack. It’s just stuff after all. Do you really need it or can you take a photo of it and let it go? In fact, you can make some money off your old stuff. Put it up on eBay or Etsy and make a few bucks in the process. Or if you’re not techsavvy, have a yard sale and let other people take it home for a few dollars. Easy-peasy!

Are you over the calorie-laden desserts of the holiday season? Are you ready for cute shorts or sexy skirts? Now is the perfect time to say goodbye to comfort food and say hello to fresh fruits and vegetables. Try new healthier versions of your favorite meals. Plant a garden. Experiment with new-to-you foods. Who knows? You might even lose a little weight in the process.

Revamp your budget

Now that the holiday bills are out of the way, set your budget for the rest of the year. If you’ve already emptied out the garage or the attic, you’ve undoubtedly found items you forgot you owned. That’s good news. You won’t need to rebuy it. Give up the overspending. Wear what you have. Give up your fancy coffee habit. Open a savings account for this year’s holidays. Do something to get your finances in order.

By Claudia Portillo

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Claudia Portillo With a love of a healthy lifestyle, learning, and laughter, Claudia celebrates the world of creation and creativity. Guess that’s what you’d expect from a major in design and a passion in written and health. Her drive is to make a living creating, writing, reading, communicating, and interacting. Life really is about determining your passion, surrounding yourself with greatness, and getting after it with a lot of heart.