Spring is most definitely here, thank goodness.
I’m not a lover of the winter months. I find them long and arduous, and the journey into NIHP Durham is dull and uninspiring.
So the first signs of spring always cheer me up and I find myself satisfied with the weak sunshine peeking into my kitchen in the mornings, deceiving me that it’s warmer outside than it really is, and my little dog happily finding that one small sun spot in the house… usually the back of the settee.
There are lambs in the fields, daffodils and even bluebells in my garden. It’s time to get rid of my heavy winter coats and I might even consider the yearly event of changing my substantial boots for light shoes. I might!
What better time than spring to start easing myself into healthier habits, especially since my health related New Year resolutions have fallen by the wayside. The arrival of longer days and warmer weather is a good excuse to get back into a healthier routine.
This morning I walked into work with a smile on my face and a dance in my step. I’d had a spoonful of honey and drank some beautiful green tea with a hint of lemon. Things are not such a chore when the sun is shining I’m thinking of summer, new beginnings and healthy promises.
With that in mind here’s my take on getting healthier this spring.
Morning walks for a natural dose of vitamin D
Now that the sun is up early we are saying goodbye to the cold, dark mornings. One of the best ways to really wake up is natural sunlight. As little as 20 minutes can help boost my mood and help shake off sleepiness or lethargy and is much better than a cup of tea or coffee.
I’m trying to eat lighter cleaner spring meals
Chili, pasta, soups, stews and casseroles that I absolutely love and can be healthy, but are pretty heavy and calorie-dense. I’m trying to replace these with spring inspired greens. I love all my favourite leafy greens, broccoli, artichoke, asparagus, green bell peppers and any other veggies.
Honey is my superhero
Honey helps with my hayfever and allergies. It’s anti-bacterial and calms digestive, gastrointestinal disorders. It’s a sugar though so I’m careful to use it in moderation. You can find out more information in this article on the 10 Health Benefits Of Honey.
I’m going to spend less time on my smartphone
One of the best things about spring is that it gets dark much later in the evening. So instead of staring at a screen all evening I am going to make a goal to spend at least half an hour every evening outside walking, gardening or playing with the dog.
Mindfulness exercises once a day
I want to be in the moment! This exercise calls for nothing but a leaf, flower or twig and my attention.
Pick up a leaf, hold it in your hand and give it your full attention for five minutes.
Notice the colours, the shape, the texture and the patterns.
This will bring you into the present and align your thoughts with your current experience.
I’m going to smile more and sigh less.
I might even join the puppy and stretch out in the evening sun at the end of the day.
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