Spring is almost here. The clocks are set forward.  It’s the time of year where new things blossom, where new life develops – but spring can also be a great time for healing and recovery.

No matter what season, we are still given only 24 hours each day. And while we can’t always eliminate obligations or find extra hours for self care and nurturing, we can always find ways to make the hours we do have work in our favor.

There’s an old Zen saying ­– You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day, unless you’re too busy – then you should sit for an hour.

Peace of mind sometimes necessitates giving up some other activity, routine, or errand. Then, a short amount of time (even 10-20 minutes a day) dedicated to meditation or some other contemplative practice can do wonders for our mental health and wellbeing.

Journalist Sydney J. Harris once penned the following – The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.

If we reach the point where life becomes a survival contest, and not a growing process or personal journey, then it might be time to set aside a peaceful afternoon or evening, grab our own paper and pen, and positively reevaluate just what our values and long term goals are.

Finally, Henry David Thoreau wrote – I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.

All any of us can do is live fully in the day at hand. If overwhelmed by the pace of life and its daily demands, focus instead on what can be done today, in this moment, which will make you feel positive and productive. It could be something as simple as reading a good book, watching a favorite movie, or preparing a favorite meal.

None of us can control the big things (like Time and Nature!); a much better approach to happiness and health involves controlling the small things within our sphere of influence.