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How to Embrace the Joy of Spring, Italian Style

Our Health & Wellness expert welcomes spring with seven tips that offer easy ways to foster joy in the season of rebirth.

A morning or evening walk not only invigorates the body but also clears the mind.

A morning or evening walk not only invigorates the body but also clears the mind.

The birds are chirping and the days are getting longer–it’s starting to feel like spring! After the darkness and chill of winter, I know we can all use a little more joy in our days. Keep reading for tips to infuse springtime joy into your daily routine with inspiration from the Italian lifestyle

Start your day with sunshine

Step outside and bask in the morning sunlight, whether it's a leisurely stroll around the block, sitting on a bench in the park, or enjoying breakfast al fresco. Embracing the warmth of the sun not only boosts your mood but also offers numerous health benefits to start your day. 

Get out for a walk

Take a cue from the Italians and incorporate a daily "passeggiata" into your routine. A morning or evening walk not only invigorates the body but also clears the mind, leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalized. Remember that even a 10-minute walk is a win!

Visit the farmer’s market

Embrace seasonal and local produce by visiting your local farmer’s market. Celebrate the flavors of the season with fresh ingredients and experiment with new recipes, like my "Nostalgic Basil Pesto."

Embrace joy and leisure

Remember that YOU define what success looks like. You have the power to make your days more joyful and aligned with your intentions. Plus, rest and leisure are crucial to your productivity and happiness. Find opportunities to enjoy the simple pleasures like savoring a delicious cup of coffee, digging into a good book, or pampering your skin with soothing skincare products. 

Lean into connection and community

Prioritize relationships with your loved ones by scheduling quality time together. Make a date with a friend to go for a walk, call your mom, and commit to that long-overdue coffee date with your coworker.

Practice mindfulness

Be inspired by Italians to bring intention and quiet to your day. Integrate a mindfulness practice that works for you into your daily routine. Explore meditation, journaling, or simply take a quiet walk (without headphones) to connect with the beauty of your surroundings.

Express gratitude

Harness the power of gratitude to shift your mindset and cultivate joy in your life. Incorporate a daily gratitude practice to recognize all that is worth appreciating, fostering a deeper sense of joy.  

With these simple yet powerful tips inspired by the Italian lifestyle, let's welcome the beauty and joy of spring. Buona primavera! (Happy spring!)

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