Forget New Year's Resolutions: 3 Reasons Why Spring is the Best Time to Set Goals

The snow has melted, and summer is right around the corner. So, how are those New Year’s Resolutions coming along?

You might be excelling at your goals, crushing every feat that comes your way. Or, you’ve completely forgotten you’ve even made New Year’s Resolutions – the usual among a lot of us, myself included.

Don’t panic yet! Here are a few reasons why spring is the best time of year to set your big goals.

1. You have more time during the day to make accomplishments.

No really, you do! Thanks to daylight savings time, the sun is up more hours of the day. If you suffer from seasonal depression and finding it hard to stay motivated during the dark, dreary days, springtime is here – and the sun is here to stay and shine on you and your plans for the months to come.

2. Working out and eating healthy will be easier.

Personally, running on a scenic trail outside or doing yoga in the grass with a warm summer breeze sounds much more appealing than being stuck inside on a snow-filled day. Plus, it’s actually been scientifically proven that warm weather helps improve motivation to be physically active, especially in teenagers.

With the weather warming up, you have more opportunities to take the time to work on yourself and have that alone time we all need – go on a walk or spend time at a local park. Getting fresh air is beneficial to the mind and body, something that’s often unattainable in the frigid winter weather.

Not only does the motivational aspect of warm weather improve the desire to change your diet, but many more fruits and vegetables are in season. Spring is the best season to pick up some fresh strawberries, carrots, cherries, onions and much more! Eating fresh is one of the best things you can do for your body, and is also a common New Year’s Resolution – so why not start now when the selection is at its best?

3. If your goals are school-related, take this time to prepare for finals and the fall semester.

Finals are closing in and stress is increasing. For many of us, springtime also means stress — but it’s also the time to kick yourself into high gear as the end of the year approaches. If your school-related New Year’s goals haven’t gone to plan, that’s perfectly okay. Now more than ever is the time to start that grind. As the weather gets warmer, don’t let the temptation of blowing off your school work to spend some time outside overcome you. Instead, take advantage of the sunshine, find yourself a little corner on campus, and take deep breaths of fresh air while you study and do homework outside.

Once finals are over, take the time to reflect on the year you’ve had. What did you do right? What can you improve on? Think of how you can incorporate the lessons you’ve learned this year– good and bad– and begin to plan out the summer and fall semester. With more time on your hands, you’ll have more time to put yourself in the right mindset before your next chapter awaits.