After any Winter, Spring is looked upon as the antidote to the “Winter blues”. But piled on top of a particularly wet Winter we have had to contend with multiple lockdowns. Life will never be the same again, but with a little help from Spring, we can look forward to the “New Normal” with fresh hope.
Here are some simple tips to help you make the most of that ‘Spring feeling’!
- Enjoy nature
Spring is a wonderful time to spend outdoors and walking in a green environment is a common way to enjoy the spring-time and treat your body to exercise and sun-fuelled nutrients. Although most of us know the benefits of exercise, we still don’t get enough. The beauty of Spring is you can use the great outdoors to its best effect. Lockdowns permitting, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, or just a stroll in the park are a great way to burn extra calories and connect with nature. Nature also offers mental benefits; studies have shown spending time in nature is connected to decreased anxiety and depression. Science has determined that humans need the outdoors and nature’s therapeutic values. Ecotherapy can help decrease cortisol levels (reducing stress), improve mindfulness, and lower blood pressure.
- Infuse your water
As you start to do more exercise outside, with increased levels of perspiration, sufficient hydration is essential. Drinking water infused with fruit or herbs is a tasty way to stay hydrated. Staying hydrated is key to cleansing your body of toxins and plays a major role in weight loss. Infused water is a great alternative to sugary drinks that, ironically, can actually quicken your dehydration due to the extra sugar they contain, and it’s less boring than plain water! Infused water comes with the benefits of easing an upset stomach and providing you with vitamins and minerals. Adding natural infusions to your water both benefits your health and is tasty. Some fruits to reach for are: strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, peach, lemon and lime. You can also add herbs such as mint!
- Cleaning and de-cluttering for mindfulness
As the weather improves and daylight hours get longer, there is no better place way to start afresh than in our own homes. Some people might not look forward to cleaning, but spring cleaning can come with a ton of benefits. By re-organizing and freeing up space you can increase your mental sharpness and decision-making skills. Spring cleaning is also great for relieving stress and helping you reduce anxiety. Start by listing things, or rooms, you would like to re-organize, because making this task goal-oriented offers a sense of calm and wellbeing on its own. Spring cleaning is not just about getting rid of the old, you can also add things to your environment that bring you relaxation. Introducing candles, fresh linens, plants, are all great ways to create a healing space and decluttering can freshen your emotional and mental health.
- Cook fresh new recipes
Let Spring open your mind to new eating experiences. Spring’s fresh vegetables and fruits are some of the healthiest ingredients available. Kale, asparagus, spinach, strawberries, celery, broccoli and avocado are at their best this time of year. There is nothing more appetizing than a healthy fresh meal in the Spring, so consider some typical Spring produce, for a healthier menu:
- Spinach aids in detoxification, and is a great source of vitamin A. You can add it to a salad or cook it on its own
- Avocados provide an anti-inflammatory effect and can help control blood pressure. They are also very versatile, and can be eaten cold in salads or with some cocktail prawns; or hot with tuna or crab melt
- Strawberries are a great sweet choice in the Spring, providing Vitamins A, C and E. They are also rich in folic acid and are a great healthy option for a dessert.
- Wake up earlier
It’s Spring, and the warmer weather brings the opportunity to get the most out of your day. Waking up early comes with benefits for the mind and body. It can help your sleep quality, as your internal clock improves with a change of routine. Welcoming the new day earlier can also provide improvements for your mental health; relieving stress by giving you more time to get ready for the day ahead and helping you to avoid that morning rush. A clear mind can aid mindfulness, connecting us with our self, our emotions and our decisions. The extra time you get in your day, can improve your awareness and increase your happiness.
Spring is the best time of year and if we are able to make the most of it, depending on any current or looming lockdowns, we can all be happier and healthier people. It just takes a little effort and a little thought.
You know it makes sense!