As winter finally comes to a close, we’re here to help you reconnect with the natural world after a long, hard, COVID-induced hibernation. Now that crocuses are in full bloom, the days are (slightly) warmer and spring is almost here, there’s no time like the present to come back to yourself and the seasons – either on your own or in your bubble.
At &SISTERS HQ, we’re taking time to appreciate the weather, plants and urban wildlife around us. To help you look after yourself no matter where you are, we’ve rounded up our five favourite spring-inspired rituals to help you stop and smell the spring flowers.
- Plant herb, flower or vegetable seeds
With soil no longer covered in frost, why not try your hand at some home gardening? When it comes to outdoor gardening, we love growing hardy vegetables like kale and mint (a lovely combo in soup!). Not only will you get to enjoy the fruits of your labour when the greens are ready to harvest, but the act of gardening has been proven to increase feelings of wellbeing. For a homegrown period care solution, try growing your own chamomile – chamomile infusions are perfect for soothing PMS-induced insomnia.
- Indulge in a plant-based meal
There’s nothing quite like a good meal to lift your spirits, especially when you’re suffering from fatigue during your period. To replenish lost iron during menstruation, we love munching on refreshing yet hearty salads using spelt and a few locally-sourced greens. Check out our period fatigue-busting salad recipe below:
Iron-rich spelt, baby spinach, tahini and lime salad
1 cup dried spelt
200g baby spinach
15g fresh basil
15g fresh parsley
4 tbsp EVOO
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper, to taste
- Cook spelt according to package instructions. Rinse under cold water to prevent further cooking.
- Meanwhile, chop fresh herbs and slice avocado.
- In a separate container or mug, combine EVOO, tahini, lime juice, salt and pepper.
- Toss and ingredients together, and enjoy!
- Go for a mindful stroll
When’s the last time you went for a walk because you wanted to, not just because it’s the only time you’re allowed out of the house each day? Reclaim your daily walks with a walking mindfulness meditation – instead of focussing on your final destination or your smartphone, try belly breathing and taking mental note of the sights, smells and sensations around you. Can you smell your neighbours’ dinner? Can you spot any springtime flowers? Does the spring air feel refreshing on your skin? Take a moment to enjoy what each sensation brings.
- Unroll your mat for springtime yoga
When you’re suffering from mind-bending period cramps, the last thing you might be thinking of is physical exercise, but gentle yoga can help ease period pain. After you’ve had some relief from a hot water bottle or cup of herbal tea, head out to your back garden for some yoga al fresco. Or, if you’re living in a flat without any outdoor space, try heading over to YouTube for a guided flow. We love Yoga with Kassandra’s spring equinox flow, perfect for increasing energy no matter where you are in your cycle.
- Treat yourself to a childhood-inspired picnic
If there’s one thing Brits love when the sun makes its first springtime appearance, it’s a picnic – and at &SISTERS HQ, we think picnics are one of life’s greatest pleasures. We love reconnecting with our childlike sense of awe and wonderment by looking at cloud shapes, munching on our favourite childhood snacks and playing board games with friends or flatmates (when allowed). As you sit on your picnic rug and enjoy hours by yourself, with a pet or with friends, take time to reflect on your favourite moments from picnics past.