Now is the time to set some Spring Resolutions! If you’re like most Americans, you stopped any New Year’s Resolutions about a week into the new year. Spring is a great time for new beginnings. You see it all around you – flowers, trees, creatures –  everything is budding with new life. Spring is a wonderful time to get back on track with whatever healthy goals you had hoped to accomplish this year.

As a therapist, and a resident of San Francisco, I know that setting goals in the dead of winter can be a daunting task. It’s dark and dreary, the days are short and the nights are long. That’s a recipe for crawling into bed and binge watching The Office for three months if there ever was one. Now that spring is here, and you’re probably sick of Netflix (or have seen everything it has to offer), why not set some new goals and get out of the house. In fact, that could be your first goal. Continue reading for some examples of spring resolutions you can start right now!

Set Some Spring Resolutions

Get out of the house – It’s spring so get out and do something. Call a friend, bring the dog, whatever you need to do to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. Hit up the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown or check out the Art Market at the Fort Mason Center later this month. There are a lot of great events in San Francisco this April so no excuses.

Meditate – There is never a bad time to start meditating so now is as good as ever. You know you’ve wanted to try it so carve out 20 minutes of your day and sit in silence. Clear your mind and just breathe. Meditation doesn’t have to be complicated, you just need some space where you can sit quietly without being disturbed. Of course if you’d like to learn more about meditation there are some great resources here.

Eat healthy – Now that spring is here it’s time to break out the grill and start cooking healthy meals. Whether you’re paleo or vegan, you can use the grill to make wonderfully healthy meals without all the mess of cooking on the stovetop.  Add a fresh garden salad and you’ve got it made. If you’re new to eating healthy and don’t know where to start one of the easiest things to do is cut out processed foods first. Cut out the soda, the candy and the chips and you’ll be well on your way to feeling better in no time. The best part, after about three days you won’t even miss the unhealthy stuff.

Drink more water – We should all be getting our 8 glasses a day, but most of us don’t even come close. Shoot for 72 oz of water a day or about three reusable water bottles full. Carry one with you where ever you go and sip, sip, sip.

Be more social – Now is the time to turn off social media and get out there and actually be social. Call up a friend and schedule lunch or go out for Happy Hour with the gals from work. You could even go for a walk during your lunch break with a buddy! Just grab a friend or two and hang out with them. Study after study shows that we are social people and being with people makes us happier.