Spring Into Change

How Science and Mindfulness Can Revitalize Your Life
a woman in outside in springtime writing down her goals

Spring is my favorite time of year. I look to it as a season of new beginnings and revitalizing energy. It’s a natural time to set new intentions.

In the quest for personal growth and starting anew, both science and ancient mindfulness practices offer a balanced approach to achieving lasting change.

This journey doesn't necessitate drastic measures but rather an intentional shift in perspective and habits, guided by both research and introspective practices.

The Power of Incremental Changes

Sometimes we bite off more than we can chew when it comes to change. Research underscores the effectiveness of breaking down ambitious goals into smaller, more manageable tasks.

This method, rooted in the psychology of achievement, suggests that the accumulation of small victories not only builds momentum but also fosters a sense of accomplishment and resilience.

Whether it's aspiring to write a novel or aiming to improve physical health, initiating minor, consistent actions can set the foundation for substantial progress over time. The principle here is simple: progress, no matter how minimal, is still progress.

Mindful Engagement: Savoring the Moment

Mindfulness, the practice of being fully present and engaged in the moment, can significantly enhance the quality of our daily lives.

And given that it is spring, and we’re pulling out those lighter clothes, a dread might appear when considering that we may not be in the shape we hoped. Lack of healthy eating and exercise avoidance can wreak havoc on our self-perception.

One way to incorporate mindfulness is through mindful eating, which involves paying close attention to the experience of eating. This practice encourages appreciation for the flavors, textures, and even the preparation of food, fostering a deeper connection to eating as a nourishing and enjoyable activity.

Beyond food, mindfulness helps us get on track, no pun intended, and start moving our bodies. We notice more energy when we are mindful of it.

Finding Joy in Everyday Activities

Speaking of moving our bodies, another aspect of mindfulness involves introducing joy and lightness into regular activities.

Practices like laughter yoga, which combines laughter exercises with yogic breathing, demonstrate that finding joy doesn't always require a specific reason or stimulus. This approach can reduce stress and cultivate a sense of inner peace and happiness.

It's a reminder that joy can be found in simplicity and that sometimes, the most profound moments of contentment arise from fully embracing the present, regardless of the activity at hand.

Revitalize This Spring!

The path to starting fresh is paved with the small steps of daily actions and the mindful appreciation of life's simple pleasures. By setting achievable goals and embracing each moment with awareness and joy, we open ourselves to a journey of continuous growth and fulfillment.

This balanced approach not only makes our goals more attainable but also enriches the journey, making every step an opportunity for discovery and appreciation.

If you need help getting started on your spring journey to a refreshed you, I offer Mindfulness Coaching that is highly effective. Get started today.


Alyson Phelan

Alyson Phelan founded Present Moment Mindfulness and Yoga to transform lives.

She teaches science-based mindfulness solutions to individuals and organizations. She holds various degrees and certifications that support her work in the community to help build practical, accessible, and sustainable methods that work.

She is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Certified Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher, and Trauma Responsive Care Certified. Visit her blog or try an online class.