Yay! The newness of Spring is here! Here’s how sleep can help you through these times!
“What I know for sure is that every sunrise is like a new page, a chance to right ourselves and receive each day in all its glory. Each day is a wonder.” Oprah Winfrey
We made it successfully through an introspective Winter that was all about preparing for a new decade, a new 12-year Lunar cycle. What we didn’t expect was this global pandemic! Now especially, is the time to turn our hearts, minds, and souls to the season of Spring, which is all about rejuvenation and rebirth of something positive.
To rejuvenate is to turn back the clock – to look and feel younger. In Spring, we wake up to more energy, vitality, and new life all around us. We take inspiration from nature and channel it through our own lives so that we can live more fully every day.
Spring is the season when we can take all we’ve learned about ourselves throughout the Winter and put the energy we’ve been conserving into action!
“I am going to try to pay attention to Spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers and look up at the trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” adapted from Anne Lamott
As a Personal Energy and Potential Coach, I am passionate about teaching people how to maximize their energy, rather than their time through life transformations such as the one we’re all going through at this moment. I want all coaches to be the best versions of themselves, which means they show up for their clients with positive and joyful energy – always. Sleep and Nature is one way we can do this.
In our increasingly busy world, so many of us run ourselves dry and miss out on life’s most beautiful experiences. Of all the seasons, Spring is the best time to invest in our personal gardens and plant new seeds of growth. To live in accordance with Spring means to pursue creativity and birth new healthy habits. It also implies setting our intentions on ambitious goals and proactively pursuing dreams that we’ve long kept at bay.
However, taking advantage of Spring isn’t as easy as flipping a switch. Even though the sun is shining and the climate is warming, there are things we need to do to really enjoy Spring as intended. One activity that is essential for optimizing Spring is sleep!
In reality, sleep is important for every season. But for Spring, in particular, sleep promotes our rejuvenation, which then creates ripples of positivity throughout the rest of the year. Sleep helps clear the mind and heal the body so that we can truly cleanse and enjoy new life.
“One cannot think well, love well, dine well if one has not slept well.” adapted from Virginia Woolf
Sleep facilitates rejuvenation in three specific ways:
Sleep focuses the mind
Spring brings with it so much potential.
After self-reflecting for months, the longer days of Spring help draw our attention outwards to the beauty and wonder of what’s developing around us. The decay of Winter has passed, and what was planted in the fall is finally coming alive.
With all of the excitement of Spring, it’s easy to get distracted or overwhelmed (in a good way!). We feel ready to chase after opportunities and make healthy changes in our lives. However, if we don’t focus the energy of Spring appropriately, we can spread ourselves too thin.
This is where sleep comes in.
Good sleep helps promote focus and mental clarity. It enables us to hone in on what is most important for our health and well-being. While sleep deprivation clouds the mind, sleep abundance lifts the fog that sits over our brains.
Quality sleep gives us the mental fortitude we need to stay on course, while others chase after the shiny object of the day or allow stress and anxiety to consume us. Deep sleep helps us delay instant gratification and keep our eyes on the long-term prize!
“Sleep can give you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.” adapted from Joan Lunden
Sleep makes the body feel lighter
Rejuvenation and vitality are closely connected. Both imply a sense of strength and youthfulness. When we think of someone full of life and vigour, we typically imagine her jumping, laughing, and running. It’s hard to do those things when we don’t feel light on our feet!
What many people don’t realize is that high-quality sleep contributes to weight loss! When we sleep well, our bodies manage our appetites more appropriately and stave off unhealthy food temptations. After a night of inadequate rest, we tend to overeat and dump junk food into our stomachs, which can lead to rapid weight gains.
For obvious reasons, bad eating is counterproductive to the rejuvenation of Spring. If you want to improve your eating habits, one of the best places to start is to enjoy good sleep!
Sleep maximizes energy!
Finally, sleep maximizes our energy, the ultimate factor in rejuvenating our lives. Those who sleep well consistently tend to wake up feeling ready and enthusiastic about the day ahead.
They can deal with anything that life throws at them because their mind, body, and soul are firing on all cylinders. Rather than drag throughout the day, well-rested people power through and address challenges and opportunities head-on without hesitation.
On the other hand, sleep deprivation drains our energy tanks and makes us more irritable. When we don’t get enough sleep, there is little we can substitute to replace what we didn’t get the night before. No amount of coffee, sugar, or positivity can substitute for a deeply restorative night of rest. Naps do help, but they aren’t the best solution – and you deserve the best! Now is the time for all of us to show up fully!
Want to learn more about how to get the most out of Spring 2020?