I love this time of year. We get to open our windows wide, take off our socks and sweaters, and enjoy the sunshine and warmth. You can feel the lift in everyone as we start to work into our warm weather routines. I already see more people out walking and running, there are the cyclists and boarders, all out taking in the sun. With the changes in season always come our internal changes. The spring is the time to wash away the winter frost and make room for new life to blossom. We too shed our winter bodies and open up to the energizing rhythm of warmer weather.

Our response to this beautiful weather is to be more active and start up with hobbies and sports. For those of us who have not been hibernating all winter, we will want to ease ourselves into these activities. Remember to stretch before any activity; things such as raking, gardening, golfing, cycling and running for example. Even cleaning out the garage is a physically demanding activity. Be kind to yourself and take just a couple minutes before hand to move all your joints through all their ranges. Stretch the major muscle groups of your back, arms and legs, holding each stretch for about 30 seconds. By taking time to stretch and wake up your joints and soft tissue this spring you will be building neural pathways to your brain preparing yourself for the rest of the warm seasons. Think of it as saying to yourself 'wake up and get ready to play!'

Also remember that with warmer weather comes the ever important need to relax. Take extra time this spring to make a sanctuary for yourself where you can sit or lay comfortably for a minimum of 5-10 minutes undisturbed. In our ever busy lives we need to learn to slow down and reconnect with ourselves, reconnect with our inner calm and peace. Decreasing the flight and fight response brought on by stress is vital to our physical, mental and emotional wellness. In the warmer seasons there is extra stress placed on our physical body, so take time to cool down and relax. Bring calm breathing into your routine and enjoy the bliss of the warm sun and blue skies.

Whatever you choose to do with this warm sunny weather, make sure you have fun and wear your smile openly.