Your Spring Dating Checklist: 6 Secrets To Getting Back In The Groove

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You finally made it through the long, dreary days of winter. It's time to come out of hibernation and start the springtime self-renewal process for a happy, healthy, more love-filled spring. If you're like much of the world, your energy and motivation slow down during the winter—perhaps health and physical goals have fallen by the wayside in favor of cozier choices like sitting near the fire under a fuzzy blanket.

It can be challenging to emerge from the hibernation of the winter months, but with these six steps, you can get yourself back into the dating mindset in no time.

1. Lose the clutter.

Physical and emotional clutter are often tied. If you're holding on to items you don't need or won't ever use, it's time to let them go. Similar to clearing out physical gunk from your life, clearing out any emotional weight you may be carrying around will create space for new experiences, emotions, and relationships to grow and thrive.

2. Reinvest in your health.

Spring is the time to take a look at how you may have been "comforting" yourself through food and/or alcohol. Get outside, try a new workout, and recommit to making movement a regular part of your life.

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3. Get creative.

With the new energy that seems to surround us in spring, finding new ways to unleash your creative spirit will put you in an open-minded space. If you're artistic, take a new art class or create a vision board. If you're more adventurous, take a road trip to a new place. The options for indulging in right-brain activities are endless!

4. Connect.

As you come out of winter mode, reconnect to those who lift your spirit, help you feel your best, and bring meaning to your life. That may mean reconnecting to those you've lost touch with or making new connections in your community or spiritual life. Actively pursue meeting like-minded people. It you're into art, check out a weekend art meetup. If you're into things like wellness or spirituality, check out places like MeetMindful, a dating community for conscious singles.

5. Seek clarity.

With renewed spaces, health, creativity, and connection, it's time to get clear on what you want. Write a list of qualities that you desire in a partner—get as indulgent and detailed as you wish! Keep this list somewhere safe and rest in the comfort that you have clarity about what's most important to you. This will help you recognize it faster when you find it.

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6. Think positively.

It's important to think and write in positive terms of what you want, instead of saying what you don't want. There's a saying: The universe doesn't hear negatives—meaning that you can unintentionally manifest exactly what you don't want when you continually focus on the bad stuff. As you meet new people, consciously appreciate the positive qualities you notice instead of what you don't like. This simple shift can have wondrous effects.

Spring is alive with endless possibilities for personal growth—growth that is essential to showing up as your best self and authentically connecting with new people you meet. Pay attention to these six actionable steps and you're likely to experience a renewed sense of connectedness to yourself, your relationships, and your environment.

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