Tips to “Spring” into Spring!
1) Consider signing up for a CSA (community supported agriculture)
In these programs, you pay a set fee to a farm which covers produce throughout a given period – usually 16-20 weeks over the summer and fall. It’s a great way to encourage you to use more produce and, since you don’t know what you’ll receive each week, you end up finding creative uses for new items that you may have never tried before. Check your local farms – sign ups usually take place around this time of year.
2) Spring clean your house.
You know that dust contributes to allergies and asthma, but did you also know that clutter can affect your health too? Disorganization makes it difficult to find items you need. “Where did I put that supplement?” “Where are my shoes for the gym?” The more time you spend looking for these, the more frustrated you may become and the more likely you may be to just decide not to proceed.
3) Start carrying a water bottle with you.
It’s a lot easier to stay hydrated when you have the water right next to you. Drinking enough water every day is important for supporting your body’s natural functions, curbing cravings and preventing dry, irritated skin. It is important to drink water that has been filtered or that comes from a natural source—not just tap water loaded with chlorine, fluoride and other potentially harmful chemicals.
4) Wake-Up Earlier and Play Outside
There is no need to hibernate any longer! The sun is shining earlier and staying out later. Support your natural internal rhythms by starting your day with the sun. Even if you’re usually grumpy when you get out of bed earlier, give it a chance to see what happens, you might just discover something new.
5) Jump Start Your Exercise Routine
Feeling restless? That is normal this time of year.
Instead of letting that agitation irritate you, harness it and try something new. Hike the trails at your local park, take a yoga class or use the River Walk for a family bike ride.
Conquer your fear and step up to the plate. You might be surprised at what you can accomplish, and how great you feel when you do.
6) Sleep, sleep, sleep
There is a time change quickly approaching and we all know that those can throw our sleep patterns out of whack. Hitting the hay at 10:00 pm or sooner is best for our natural circadian body rhythms. Also, make sure you shut off electronic devices at least an hour or two before bedtime and ensure your room is completely dark when you go to sleep. Otherwise, your melatonin and cortisol production (hormones that control your sleep and wake cycles) can be adversely affected.
If you are looking for more information on these tips or need help with specific health and wellness issues, please call 574-330-0464.