Ready To Spring Clean Your Routine? Try These 7 Upgrades For A Much-Needed Refresh
Spring has sprung and we couldn’t be happier (or frankly, more relieved) to welcome the season ahead. We’re shedding the sluggishness of winter and ready to let in all that the spring months have to offer: warmer weather, bluer skies, and more time spent soaking up the sun.
While we look forward to spring every year, after spending the past several months stuck mostly indoors, we’re particularly excited to shed our winter coats and make way for the new season. If you’ve been feeling in need of a reset (*raises hand immediately*), we’ve got ideas to help shake up your routine and open yourself to new energy, new opportunities, and new ways of cultivating more joy every day this spring. Here are seven upgrades you can make to your daily wellness, movement, and beauty routines to step into spring feeling rejuvenated, inspired, and ready for whatever may come.
Ditch The Snooze
We know, we know: Sleeping in can feel soooo luxurious, and while we all need our solid 7+ hours of sleep each night, snoozing your alarm again and again so you only have a minute to brush your teeth and sit down to your desk isn’t our idea of a restful morning routine.
You’ve likely heard it before that you should try waking up earlier than you normally would to squeeze in a workout or make time for meditation. And while we love these suggestions, we want to offer more freedom with our advice. This spring, set your alarm earlier with the simple intention of waking up with time to fill with whatever helps you feel most grounded, most inspired, and most ready to start your day already having established a connection with yourself.
With so much of our days moving at a non-stop pace, it’s not only important, but crucial to our well-being that we make time to spend with ourselves in quiet. Start with 30 minutes and readjust based on your needs and what feels best for you. If you’re still having trouble finding the motivation to kick off the sheets (it’s hard, we know), try this mindset shift: Instead of viewing this new practice as getting less sleep, think about the time you’re intentionally carving out for yourself—and how much better you’ll feel knowing that you made yourself a priority first thing.
Swish & Chill
Oil pulling is the spring refresh every mouth needs. Not only is the practice a game-changer for your oral health (giving you whiter teeth, healthier gums, and minty-fresh breath), but oil pulling is also believed to be an effective way to remove toxins from the entire body.
If you haven’t made oil pulling one of your daily wellness practices yet, there’s never a better time than the start of a new season to begin. Just a tablespoon of Conscious Coconut melted and swished around in your mouth for 20 minutes does the trick. Our favorite ways to make the time fly? Have a morning dance party, take a luxuriously-warm shower, flip through your favorite read, or just kick back on the couch knowing you’re doing something that’s good and just for you.
Brighten Up Your Breakfast
If you’re like us, you’re probably on what feels like your hundredth bowl of warm, wintry breakfast oats, and—understatement—our go-to combo is starting to get a little old. Spring’s rollout of fresh fruits and produce is just the inspiration we all need to add a little color to our morning meal. The good news too, is that with so many ingredients to play with, there are endless options for making a breakfast that’s energizing, satisfying, and of course, delicious.
Whether you’re making smoothies, toasts, breakfast bowls, or baked goods, there are so many ways you can add a healthy dose of hunger-stabilizing fat to your meal with coconut oil. Whip up a loaf of this Dark Chocolate Coconut Bread on the weekend for ready-to-go slices that make for a quick and easy breakfast. If savory is more your thing, swap out butter for coconut oil in your favorite egg dish. Scrambled, poached, or over-easy—no matter how you like your eggs, coconut oil is the perfect flavor and nutrient boost for your plate. Head here to get the low-down on cooking eggs with coconut oil.
Dry Brush Your Dead Skin-Cares Away
Dry brushing is our secret for healthy and hydrated skin. Add coconut oil to the mix, and you have a restorative routine that ensures a smooth and radiant glow. We love pairing the practice with our shower time—bonus points if that happens in the morning, as dry brushing is said to have energizing qualities.
Here’s how it’s done: If you’re using coconut oil with your brush, shower first, then apply Conscious Coconut, and starting at your feet, brush upward toward your heart. Use small, firm strokes, being careful not to damage skin with harsh pressure. For the area around the stomach, brush in a circular clockwise direction, which helps support digestion.
After a winter season of dry, damaged, and cracked skin, your body is going to love the extra care you’ll offer with a daily dry brushing practice. By dry brushing regularly, not only are you exfoliating the outer layer of your body’s dead skin cells, but you’re locking in moisture and ensuring your skin stays smooth, glowing, and gorgeous.
Match Your Movement To Your Schedule And Energy
Yoga, strength conditioning, running, HIIT—there are so many options for moving your body, it can feel like a challenge to choose just one. And with so many of us working out from home, the fitness streaming possibilities feel practically infinite. While we’re all for falling into the routine that helps us feel our strongest and most embodied, we encourage you to pay attention to the rhythms, ebbs, and flows of your energy throughout the day and the spaces of time where you can take a few minutes for movement.
Maybe you wake up in the morning and find that your body wants to lie in Child’s Pose, inhaling and exhaling before you do anything else. Or maybe an afternoon meeting makes you jittery and you want to loosen things up with a quick jog around your neighborhood. By tuning into how our energy responds not only to the time of day, but to where our mood lands at different points throughout the day and after certain events, we can take inventory of how we feel and how best to proceed. This helps us keep our energy high all the way to the end of the work day.
Take Wind-Down Time Seriously
It’s 6pm, and all you want to do after a long day of back-to-back Zoom meetings spent staring into the abyss of your computer screen is plop down on the couch with a heaping plateful of cauliflower gnocchi. We’ve definitely been there, and yes, there is 100% a time and a place for some serious vegging out, but what if instead of going about your after-work evening on autopilot, you spent a few moments asking yourself what routine would feel most restorative?
Maybe that’s rolling out your yoga mat for a 10-minute flow, or cooking yourself a colorful meal while listening to your favorite album. Whatever it is, actively check in with yourself and notice how whatever you choose to do makes you feel. Are you going to bed feeling more fulfilled? Are you ending your day content with the fact that you did something just for you? Chances are too, that giving yourself the space and time to do something that honors who you are will help you doze off with ease.
Connect With What Inspires You
While there are countless ideas for making the most of your waking hours, here’s the key takeaway: There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, and we encourage you to invite in whatever feels best for you. Whether that’s making time for a workout first-thing, oil pulling before everything else, or wrapping up your work day with a long-distance catch-up with your BFF—you get to decide what will best support how you want your day to unfold.
Here’s what to remember when you’re choosing what to let in: Make space for what inspires you, energizes you, and reminds you that you are here to live each day as your most vibrant self. Because here’s the thing: What’s wellness if it doesn’t help you feel your best?
Start your spring off with energy and vibrancy. Shop our coconut oil collection to begin building healthy, rejuvenating, and restorative practices into your everyday.