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25 Relaxing Spring Self-Care Ideas

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How can I practice self-care in spring?

Spring is finally here! It’s time to get outside and enjoy that sunshine.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean all your responsibilities go out the window (as nice as that would be). And that is why it is still so important to make time to practice some spring self-care.

With all the changes coming in the spring and the many holidays and celebrations, it’s not easy to remember to take care of yourself. But self-care is something you should strive to achieve year-round. In case you don’t know where to start, I’ve come up with a few of my favorite things I enjoy doing in the spring to recharge.

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What are fun self-care activities for spring?

Spring Self-Care Ideas: Relax

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One of the best things you can do during any season is taking time for yourself, relax and unwind.

1. Sit outside

One of my favorite things (and possibly the easiest) to do in the spring is to sit outside and enjoy the warm breezes and birds chirping, maybe with a cool drink in your hand.

Grab a blanket and find a tree to sit under. Or get some nice patio furniture to relax on. Whatever and wherever you choose, just be sure it has a calming effect on your soul.

2. Drive with the windows down

Another favorite is opening those car windows on the first warm days of the year for a relaxing drive. There is nothing more uplifting during your commute than the sun shining through the window and the breeze blowing through your hair (maybe with the slight smell of freshly cut grass).

And if you’re a SAHM mom with no commute (like me), find some time to take a drive through your neighborhood. If you need to, pack the kiddos in the car and play a game of I spy (picking out the sights, sounds and smells of spring).

3. Open the windows in your home

Now that the snow has melted and the sun is visible, it’s time to give some spring self-care to your home. Open the windows and let the fresh air renew your home and body. Get that dusty, germy feel of winter out of your house.

You’re sure to feel more energized and motivated with the cool morning breeze coming into your home. And the scents of spring filling your home in the afternoon.

4. Hang some wind chimes

With spring comes windy days, and what better way to enjoy them by hanging some wind chimes near your doors. Spring self-care is all about newness and refreshing yourself, so this is a great idea if you’ve never done it before. And if you save your wind chimes for warmer months, it’s a great way to subconsciously tell yourself it’s spring.

My favorite set of wind chimes is a wooden set that I got while on vacation in the Outer Banks, so not only does hearing them bring me peace, but they also remind me of my times at the beach. Get yourself a wooden set to enjoy year after year.

Spring Self-Care Ideas: Get Active

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Now that it’s getting warmer, be sure to spend time outdoors and move around.

5. Go for a walk

I would suggest getting outside for a walk the first chance you have. We recently had temps in the 60s before dropping back to single digits and snow and ice. But you can bet I spent some time enjoying the sun and fresh air before the cold wind started to blow again.

Taking a walk is also a fun spring self-care idea you can do as a family or with friends you haven’t seen all winter.

6. Workout outdoors

Remember that workout routine you added to your winter bucket list? It’s time to take it outdoors.

Whether it was yoga, strength-training, or jogging, it will give your workout routine a refreshing boost and a change of scenery to be outdoors. You could even look for a local community group that practices outdoors.

7. Take a bike ride

It’s time to dust off your bike and get back outdoors. Whether you just enjoy a ride through your neighborhood or find the time to hit the local trails, riding a bike is a wonderful way to enjoy spring. And it can also be done with family or friends to improve everyone’s mental health.

8. Do some gardening

A fun thing to do when it starts to get warm is plant seeds. Granted, my gardening skills are seriously lacking. (The only houseplant I can keep alive is a cactus.) But it doesn’t stop me from enjoying all the beautiful colors that start blooming in the springtime.

And if you’re like me and don’t have a green thumb, head out and get some already grown flowers, dig a hole and add them to your flowerbeds. You don’t need to be a professional landscaper to enjoy the outdoors and working in your yard.

9. Spring clean your home

While I normally don’t consider cleaning part of one’s self-care routine, spring cleaning is a bit different. It’s not something you have to do all in one day, one weekend, or even one month. Take as much time as you need to deep clean your home.

It will really improve your mood and you’ll be able to take a summer vacation knowing your clean home will waiting for your return. This is really giving your future self a gift.

Spring Self-Care Ideas: Grab a Pen and Paper

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It’s a good idea to keep a notebook hardy for those rainy spring days. Whether you take time to journal or update your to do lists, getting ideas on paper is a great way to get organized and avoid the overwhelm.

10. Plan a trip

My favorite thing to do as part of my spring self-care routine is to plan a summer vacation. As soon as I see those first rays of light early in the morning and the warm wind starts to blow, my mind is off and away relaxing on a beach.

There’s still enough time to book a summer vacation to get the best deals. Or spend some time an hour or two outside of your town for a fun staycation. Even the act of planning a trip can be great for your mental health (source).

Related: How to Budget for Your Summer Vacation

11. Make a spring bucket list

You don’t want to miss a minute of spring (now that it’s finally here!). So, why not write down all of your ideas and make a spring bucket list for you and your family.

Whether you add things you plan to do every year or things you’ve never done before, having a list of things you want to do during the season will make it more enjoyable and will make you more present in the moment.

Spring Self-Care Ideas: Pamper Yourself

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One thing that is ever so important to a spring self-care list is pampering yourself. Do something just for you. And enjoy it!

12. Pedicure

Those toes are finally able to make an appearance again, so now is the time for a much-needed pedicure. Allow yourself 30 to 45 minutes of pampering while someone else takes care of you for a change.

13. New sandals

Of course, you’ll want to get a new pair of sandals to show off that pedicure. You may even want to pick them up ahead of time, so you can wear them to your appointment and enjoy your spring self-care all in one go.

14. Get a haircut

It’s the time of year for refreshing and renewal, so why not consider getting a new ‘do? Get rid of those heavy locks that are holding you down and even consider a new color for spring. It will always grow out (just in time for something new in the summer.)

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15. New swimwear

Ok, you’ve been working on that body since you started your winter bucket list, so it should be beach ready. And even it’s not, that’s ok too! But it is the time of year when you start seeing swimsuits in the stores. I mean there might even still be snow and the ground, and they’re out there pushing a two-piece.

My point is: now is the time to purchase a new swimsuit. Because by the time you actually need it (the July 4th barbeque), they’ll be gone.

For some great styles (year-round), check out the Adore Me Swim Collection.

16. New dress

Whether you need a new dress for Easter Sunday or you want a new sundress or maybe you need something that doesn’t have baby stains all over it (I see you moms of newborns), spring is the perfect time of year to go out and spend a little money on yourself. Get a dress you love and feel comfortable in, and rock it!

Spring Self-Care Ideas: Indulge Your Senses

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I love all the smells of spring: flowers, fresh cut grass and rainy mud puddles. But spring is also a great time to indulge in the tastes: fresh fruits and veggies, cold ice cream, and berry pies. YUM!

17. Enjoy some ice cream

I know I’ve been going on and on about getting healthy and getting back into those summer styles. But it’s always nice to treat yourself to some guilt-free ice cream. It’s always at the top of my spring self-care list once it starts to get warmer.

18. Sip some homemade tea or lemonade

Reminisce about the good ‘ol days with some homemade iced tea or lemonade.

Once you have a fresh pitcher, grab a glass and head outside. Find a comfy chair or a good spot on the ground with a blanket and enjoy the fresh air and wonderful sounds and scents of the season.

19. Purchase some fresh fruits and veggies

Head to your local farmer’s market or spend a weekend out of town in search of the best fresh produce. Enjoy healthy, homemade meals for the next week. Try some new recipes or learn some secrets about how to prepare fresh foods.

20. Indulge in a spring dessert

While you’re at the farmer’s market, pick out some strawberries to make a special pie. Other popular spring fruits include rhubarb, grapefruit, kiwi, kumquats, mango, pineapple and apricots.

So, whether you choose to make it yourself or you can find it on the menu at your favorite restaurant, be sure to include a spring dessert in your spring self-care routine. And enjoy!

Spring Self-Care Ideas: Use Your Creative Mind

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Take a break from the mundane and stress of life and let your creativity shine with a home project or new hobby.

21. Create a home craft

My favorite craft for my home is making wreaths. I have them for every season/holiday and many I’ve made myself.

You can choose something for Easter, Mother’s Day or just use spring flowers and some burlap for the perfect decoration. Add your house number or last initial for a personalized touch.

You could even get some planters and put some potted plants near your entryway to welcome back spring for an easy way to spruce up your home.

22. Build a birdhouse or feeder

Ok, so this one requires you to be a little craftier. And it may be something you want to try with your kiddos.

You could try a traditional wooden birdhouse. Or take the non-power tool route and cover a pinecone in peanut butter and bird seed. (A fun activity to try with the kids.) Or make a hummingbird feeder out of something as simple as a soy sauce bottle.

Although this is one of my ideas for creative spring self-care, if you find it easier to just buy a birdhouse or feeder to enjoy nature’s beauty, that’s completely fine too!

Spring Self-Care Ideas: Refresh

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Spring is a time of renewal, so let the idea flow through you and your space. Put a little bounce in your step with these spring self-care ideas.

23. Declutter

Someone suggested decluttering to me as a way to improve my mental health, and I thought how’s that going to work, isn’t it just another chore? Yes, it’s definitely a chore, and depending on your space, it could be downright massive! But the overwhelming sense of calm I got after I decluttered was simply indescribable.

I just really enjoy being in my house now and even opening drawers and closets to see the improvement. This is especially important as a stay-at-home mom because my house is my life, so it doesn’t help my mindset when everything is just a mess. Check out Tidying Up with Marie Kondo for all the tricks I used to make my space more livable.

24. New sheets

Ok, so you should change your sheets regularly (not seasonally). But consider buying a new set of sheets. Do you even know how long you’ve had the set you’re currently using? There’s nothing like getting out of the shower and climbing into bed on fresh sheets.

And while we’re on the subject, consider replacing your mattress. Yes, this is a big expense, but mattresses should be replaced every 8 years, depending on the material. (Check your mattress lifespan.) At the very least, go give it a good flip to keep it in better shape.

25. Reconnect with family and friends

Being stuck inside for months on end, waiting for the snow to melt and the temps to warm up, you probably haven’t spent much time with the people you love. As part of your spring self-care routine, make some phone calls and set aside time to reconnect with those people you may not have seen since Christmas.


You may be short on time now that the sun is shining and hanging around longer in the evenings, but that doesn’t mean you can slack on your spring self-care. Start with the easier ideas if you’re low on time or energy to give yourself a little boost.

Spring is also a great time of year to include your family in your self-care routine. Eat ice cream outside, jump in some puddles, or become birdwatchers. Let your kiddos teach you the way to be care-free.

Have you tried any of these relaxing spring self-care ideas? Which was your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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