Let’s face it, our lives have not been normal since 2020. As we strive to find normalcy in our everyday lives, it is beneficial to add new experiences to shake up the mundane day-to-day. With the changing season and longer sun-filled days, we may feel more motivated to try something new, or alter the way we live currently. Here are 10 ways you can get ready for Spring, and improve your daily lifestyle.
Get a new haircut, style, or color
Looking to make a change? Look no further than your hair salon. A subtle change, such as adding layers to your hairstyle, will add volume. Highlights make for a change, while still feeling like yourself. Or, drastically change your look by cutting several inches off of your hair, or by changing your hair color entirely. Whether you go for a trim, or a chop, get rid of the dead ends and feel much lighter as you move towards the future. And, as they say, “it will always grow back.” In need of a new hairstylist? Check out St. Germain Studio at 150r Broadway, Providence. Salonrunner.com for appointments.
Start an outdoor fitness routine
While the cold weather forces us inside, the emergence of the sun draws us back out from the darkness. Whether you begin running outside instead of on a treadmill, find new outdoor places to walk, or find somewhere to workout outside, you get more than what you put into your routine, with the addition of vitamin D. Want to try something new? Check out Simmons Farm in Middletown where they offer Goat Yoga! A fun way to combine nature, animals, and meditation, this highly popular trend is one of many things to do at Simmons Farm. Find their website at http://simmonsorganicfarmri.com/
We often fall into a slump during the winter months; the cold weather, lack of sun, staying indoors, limited socializing. As we enter into Spring, we can reset our minds with meditation, and by setting intentions and goals as we move forward. This can be done with Yoga, at home or in a studio like Raffa Yoga In Cranston, indoors or outdoors. Clearing the mind of negativity and creating pathways for positive thoughts is often a good way to start. There are many guided meditation programs on music streaming services or through websites. A simple action such as taking a walk outside, or relaxing in a bubble bath can help this process along, too. Lastly, journaling can be the best way to keep negative thoughts out of your life, and make way for positivity, leading to a more positive and productive life. Find ways that work for you to create good vibes all around!
Check out the latest Spring fashion trends
Good Outfit, Good Mood, Good Day! And what better way to improve your mood than an outfit with bright colors! Greens, pinks, and yellows are a popular trend for Spring 2022. Pair these colors with a pastel jean jacket, or white straight-leg jeans for a trendy look. Add some pearls, and your fashion look is on point, head to toe! For the men, letterman jackets are making a comeback. Shop Anthropologie in stores or online for the best trends! Don’t forget, your outfit is not complete without eyewear! Visit OPTX for the best frames to match your look!
Yes, last but not least, freeing your home of clutter and doing an in depth cleaning of your home is a wonderful way to get your house, and your mind, into a positive, happy place. Use the Marie Kondo method of cleaning, figuring out which of your possessions “bring you joy,” and which ones you are needlessly holding on to. Rid the closet of clothes you have not worn in years, the “someday, maybe” clothes, and the “I remember the day I last wore this” outfits. Donate old toys to charity, throw away the VHS tapes and DVDs you will never watch again, and organize the pantry (chances are, the products in the back are expired!) Take it slow, tackle one room at a time, and you will find your life feels just a bit more organized and stress-free.
Plan a weekend getaway
Looking for a weekend getaway without massive travel time? Look no further than The Beatrice Hotel, located right here in Providence. From brand new hotel rooms stocked with amenities, to award winning dining at Bellini, with private dining areas, and a rooftop bar. Best of all, they are pet friendly! Nearby, you’ll find all the local splendor of Downtown Providence. Book today at thebeatrice.com
Learn new recipes
A new food plan is a great way to ease into spring: a refresh after the winter months. Fresh foods are more readily available, and can be used in flavorful recipes. The internet is an endless resource for recipes to include all your favorite foods, or to add some new ones to your meal rotation. Try a breakfast pizza, or an omelet for dinner, with a variety of vegetables and meats.
Do charity work
As a way to perhaps reset your karma and balance, consider charity work in your community. There are always local shelters looking for volunteers, churches or soup kitchens that may need assistance, and animal rescues looking for supplies. You could take some time to attend or participate in a charity event, donate your gently worn clothing, or volunteer your time with a non-profit organization nearby.
Take fitness classes.
While the warm weather may encourage you to get outside more often, a daily walk may not be all you need to achieve your fitness goals this spring. Joining a gym that offers fitness classes can be motivating; keeping you on track and on schedule, rather than working out alone. Zumba, Step, and Spin are popular fitness styles that you can find at many local gyms. Sample a variety of classes until you find what you like best!
Buy new glasses.
As always, OPTX offers the latest designer styles of eyeglasses and sunglasses. Check our website for current specials and promotions.
If you’re in the Johnston area and you find yourself wanting to hunt down a new pair of prescription eyewear or sunglasses, make a quick trip to us at OPTX Rhode Island! We are right on Hartford Avenue. Come see our opticians and frame stylists to get hooked up with some new shades for your next outing. If you have questions, call us at (401)521-6789 and check out our website at www.optxrhodeisland.com for more details and services offered.