The word equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night”—aequus (equal) and nox (night).
It’s one of only two points in the year when day and night are equal in length (the other being the autumn equinox). And it’s the first day of spring.
The equinox marks a point of balance in the sun’s yearly cycle, in both the northern and southern hemispheres. So it’s an excellent day to think about balance in your own life too.
This year, the spring equinox is on Friday 20th March
So as we hit the middle point take a moment to ask yourself, what do you want to change, balance, or think about?
- Are you in balance or out of balance right now?
- Are you trying to do too much? Do you end up overwhelmed?
- Are you working too hard? Are you resting enough?
- Do you have enough energy? Or are you always exhausted?
- Do you have time to tap into your creativity? Do you feel stuck?
- Do you feel excited about the projects you are working on? Or do they feel heavy?
If you’re out of balance, your productivity, health and wellbeing suffer.
We can use the equinox as a catalyst to help us think about areas we want to focus on, balance, or change.
It’s a particularly energising time of year (there’s literally more daylight each day to give us energy), and so it’s a great opportunity to tap into this and get going on making a change.
Decide which aspect of balance you want to think about. These are a few examples:
- Day / Night
- Work / Rest and play
- Time alone / Time with others
- Indoors / Outdoors
- Masculine/Feminine Energy
- Intuition / Logic
- Noise / Quiet
What would things look like if the balance shifted in a certain aspect of your life?
The spring equinox is a great time of year to think about growth, new beginnings, and taking the first steps towards change. It’s time to welcome spring and embrace new things.
Natalie is the Founder of The Wellbeing Generation, a social enterprise supporting businesses to make their staff happier and healthier.