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Three tips to put a spring in your step

Spring is a time of renewal and growth. To help make the season more rewarding, here are three tips to make your spring blossom.

Start a container garden
Container gardens are a wonderful way to enjoy gardening without the hassles of using picks, shovels, or dragging a garden hose across a yard. When starting a container garden, there are two categories of containers to consider including tabletop and freestanding. Tabletop containers are typically lightweight and can be placed on a table, end table, or a bench. Freestanding containers are larger than tabletops and are ideal for placement on steps, patio or a deck. Either type of container is ideal for vegetables including lettuce, radishes, and spinach. Herbs such as basil, cilantro, and mint also do well in containers. If you like, you can add a little more color to your container garden and plant flowers like impatiens and begonias.

Learn something new
Continuing to learn is a great way to enrich your life and keep your brain fit. Whether it’s learning a new language, how to draw, or finding out more about your heritage, studies have shown that learning can help improve memory, emotional balance, and keep a person active and healthy.

Continuing to learn doesn’t mean you have to go to a university or college. In fact, there are many free resources including your local library and even your phone. Your local library is a great, free resource when it comes to life-long learning. In addition to books, audio books, magazines and newspapers, many libraries also have special events like author visits, discussion groups, and lectures. If you’d rather learn from home, your phone or a computer can be a virtual university. Smartphones are ideal for free language-learning apps like Duolingo that make learning fun. YouTube is also a good online source with videos covering subjects from history and medicine to the arts.

Spend time outdoors
The writer Thoreau called the benefits of nature a “tonic of wilderness.” Today, psychologists call it “nature or green therapy.” Regardless of how it’s described, being outdoors and in nature can be a remedy for ailments of the body and the spirit. In fact, studies have shown that being in nature decreases anxiety and negative feelings. To take advantage of this natural resource, you don’t have to climb a mountain or visit a virgin forest. You can find nature in your backyard or a city park.

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