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Springing Forward

Rather than making big resolutions at the first of the year like most people, spring tends to be my season of change and rebirth. Once the days get longer and the weather turns warmer, I feel inspired to start doing some things I’ve been meaning to do.

True, I’ve come up with resolutions at the end of almost every year. But when it’s chilly and dark any time I’m not at work, it’s hard to motivate to take walks, go to the health food store, and clean the house: I’d rather curl up and watch a movie or read a book, doing my best to ignore my messy house and the fact that I now order takeout more than I cook my own dang food.

But spring is a time of hopefulness for me. Today I walked for the first time in awhile (this may have been initially inspired by the fact that I’m waiting to get my updated vehicle registration so don’t want to be in the car, but let’s pretend it was for exercise’s sake, shall we?). It’s sunny and in the 70s in Athens this afternoon, and the birds and blossoms are out in full force.

I walked into the post office to mail a package to a customer and decided on the spot to buy more stamps. Maybe it’s time to write some letters again.

I walked by the church where they’re doing some landscaping and smelled that delicious fresh dirt. Maybe it’s time to get out into the garden again. To put last summer’s dead vegetables behind me and start again.

I walked by some downtown shops and remembered that I had a gift certificate to spend. Maybe it’s time to treat myself to something—a new watch I’ve been wanting for years, perhaps?

I walked back to home and saw my bottles of migraine meds on top of the fridge. Maybe it’s time to get more serious about taking my medication each and every morning and night instead of thinking it’s okay to skip them.

I walked. Maybe it’s time to make a concerted effort to walk as often as I used to.

Does spring inspire you to develop new habits or pick up old ones again? What changes would you like to see in your life? What will you do to help make those changes happen?

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  • Janene Zielinski
    7 years ago

    Thanks for the uplifting post. I was just making some “spring” resolutions myself and was surprised at how many were actions to take that will help lessen the triggers. Why is it I tend to go “lax” on that when I know I will regret it later?

  • Katie Robinson
    7 years ago

    With the begiining of spring I increased my intake of fruits, vegtables and nuts. I also had to resign from my job due to medical issues. The good news is my migraines have eased up. Now if I could only regain some of my ability to think clearly and understand what I am reading.

  • Linda Castellano
    7 years ago

    Dear Migraine Girl, I could not agree with you more. I totally have more ambition in the spring then I do in the dead of winter. Everything outside is so beautiful and it sort of makes everything else more beautiful.Your house looks nicer, your attitude is brighter, you enjoy the walks instead of having them be a chore. And without hoping too much I notice a decrease in my attacks. And I think it has to do with everything I listed before and the weather is pretty stable. I fortunately do not suffer from allergies I can only imagine how miserable it must be for people with sinus headaches this time of year. Happy to say that is the only type of headache that I do not suffer from. Having said that there are a few things I love to do this time of year and I can’t because it will bring on an attack. I love to clean, wash my car, clean the windows both inside and outside and do yardwork., All these jobs do not agree with me. I cannot use anything that has a vibration motion to it such as a lawn mower, weed wacker, or reach high with a scrub brush to get the top of my car clean or get the higher windows clean.So of course there are things to do that most people don’t have to think twice about it and for me it is not an option at all.(Not fair)But we can enjoy everything else and Good luck to you for a pain free Spring-if possible! best wishes and good luck!

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