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Celebrate Sunshine on the First Day of Spring

Celebrate Sunshine on the First Day of Spring

Happy springtime! Tomorrow, March 20th, marks the official first day of spring. Are you ready to celebrate? The time has to come to put away those winter coats and start breaking out the shorts and sandals as we embrace the cool, sunshine spring weather.

The first day of spring is definitely a time for celebration. So how can you enjoy the new sunshine of the season? Here are some ideas for how to live your best altruistic life and celebrate sunshine on the first day of spring.

Get outside.
Of course, what’s the simplest way to celebrate the first day of spring? Get outside! The weather might still be a little iffy coming out of winter, but if there’s a glimmer of sunshine, embrace it by getting outdoors and spending time in the cool spring weather. Go for a bike ride with friends, a picnic with family members or even a long walk by yourself for quiet time in the sunshine. Celebrate the new season and feel the rush of the fresh spring air in your lungs.

Clean up the community.
While you’re out and about, see what you can do to get involved and help clean up the community. Things tend to get a little messy during winter, so commit some of your time to an altruistic community cleanup effort. After all, springtime brings with it the famous spring cleaning, which can benefit both your home and your neighborhood.

Start a garden.
During the cleanup session, see how you can start or help maintain a garden—either your own or the community’s. Springtime symbolizes rebirth and new growth, so it’s the absolute perfect time to get your hands a little dirty in the mud by digging up, mulching and planting fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers in a garden. By the time summer rolls around, you’ll be able to fully enjoy both the the figurative and literal fruits of your labor.

Do arts and crafts.
If you have little ones running around your home, then try celebrating springtime with them by doing various arts and crafts activities together. Paint a picture of a flower, dye an egg or get really creative and do a science experiment with a plant. Spring also has a multitude of holidays in it, so there are plenty of projects to choose from. Pick yours or your kiddos’ favorites to practice arts and crafts together.

Invite people into your home.
With the spring weather comes the wonderful option of opening up your doors and letting fresh air—and people—inside. Spring is the perfect time to invite friends, family and neighbors into your home to enjoy each other's’ company. Get to know someone new in your neighborhood, or get to know someone you’ve already met even better. Open up the doors, shake out the dust of winter, let fresh air in and bring in people to celebrate the new season with you.

Practice meditation.
Finally, the spring season is also a great opportunity to practice meditation in the beautiful weather. Do yoga, start a journal or simply take time to enjoy the quiet outdoors. Meditate on the new life and growth that spring represents, and consider what changes you can make in your life to bring about personal growth. Focus on internalizing peace and balance as you move forward into the season.

Tomorrow is the first day of spring, which means it’s time to embrace the sunshine. Try out these ideas or some of your own to welcome in the new weather and celebrate a season of new life, growth and of course, sunshine.

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  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Founded in 1984, The Center for Women and Children in Crisis has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • Valley Behavioral Health is a nonprofit network of clinics providing treatment for behavioral conditions, addictions, psychiatric conditions, autism and other chronic health conditions. We treat chronic lifelong conditions as well as temporary conditions triggered by traumatic life events. Our programs are tailored to people of all ages and every social, cultural and economic situation.

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