Spring awakening Put a spring in your step (and your home) by embracing the freshness of the season with these five simple suggestions It’s time to open up… Crack open those windows after the long winter months, and circulate some fresh air. It’s amazing what a good breeze can do, blowing away not just the literal cobwebs, but the metaphorical ones too, as the oxygen boost helps to bring mental clarity. Fresh air has even been proven to improve digestion, blood pressure, and your heart rate. Celebrate with seasonal produce Not only is eating seasonally (and locally) better for the environment, but it means you enjoy the freshest foods at their peak time. Seasonal produce is typically tastier and healthier thanks to it’s higher nutritional value, due to not being shipped over long distances. So, for spring enjoy vegetables such as artichokes, asparagus, rhubarb, and spinach, along with fruits like apricots, strawberries, and blackcurrants. Embrace the ‘fresh’ feeling Clean a space, redecorate, reorder – it could be as simple as organising your cupboard 90 | Issue 59 | happiful.com
for kitchen staples, your bookshelf, or your wardrobe. Put fresh sheets on your bed, or perhaps a new coat of paint on your woodwork, and see how it brightens the place up. Bring the season inside Introduce elements of nature, with bunches of vibrant daffodils, lavender, hyacinth, and other classic springtime florals. The fresh scent and pop of colour can be the perfect pick-me-up.
Shake up your colour palette Using springtime colours in your home can be a great way to refresh and bring a new energy to the space – think of the flowers you see outside, with colours such as greens, yellows, and peachy pinks. Incorporate these elements in table settings, bedsheets, or pillows, for a look that you can change with the seasons.