Get Your Body & Mind Ready for Spring!
It's been a long and cold winter for a lot of us, so let's try to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel. Spring is so close! If you've been doing your own version of winter hibernation you may have some work to do to get ready for warmer and longer days. Here's some ideas to get you going so that you'll be off and running once Spring has sprung!
Spring clean your house (or a room…or a closet…or even one drawer). Dust can make asthma and allergies run wild so it's a good idea to clean it out. Clutter can also affect your health and wellness. Disorganization makes it difficult to find items you need. “Where did I put that medicine?” “Where are my sneakers for the gym?” The more time you spend looking for these, the more frustrated you may get and the more likely you may be to just decide not to proceed with it (like decide to skip your medicine or decide not to go to the gym). Too much clutter around the house can also cause people to have more anxiety. So time to clean up!
Try something new in the kitchen- Have you pinned too many recipes on your Pinterest board? Time to actually cook some of them. Start with just one that interests you. Sit down and figure out what ingredients you already have and which new ones your need to get. Set a date for when you want to cook it. If it's a hit add it to the rotation.
Try something new for exercises too! This one can be tough. We are usually creatures of habit and it's easy to fall into the same old exercise routine. Strength training is also such an essential part of a well-rounded fitness routine. You don’t need to have a fancy gym membership either. Body weight exercises like squats and push-ups are very effective. If you suffer from sciatica pain try wearing a Sacroiliac Support Belt to make sure you protect your hips and back from injury.
Get back to nature After a long winter, it will feel great to enjoy a brisk Spring time hike on a new trail. Added bonus is you won't melt under the hot summer sun. Being in nature away from our phones, ipads, and computers is a wonderful opportunity to reset yourself. So, maybe check out your garden, go for a walk in the park, or explore new territory and go hiking. Even a simple walk around the neighborhood will do wonders.
You need your rest Don't forget about your sleept! When Daylight Saving time change hits some people have a hard time adjusting to the difference. Going to bed at 10:00 pm or sooner is best for our natural circadian body rhythms, because our deepest, most regenerative sleep occurs after 10 pm. Don't forget to turn off all your devices an hour before bed and make sure your room is as dark as possible for a restful nights sleep.
Spring can be the most amazing time of year. When nature comes alive again take it as a sign to make changes in your life. The smallest change can create something wonderful for you and your family.