The first day of spring is also the international day of happiness- and there couldn’t be a more reasonable day for it to land on. After a long winter the sun arrives, increasing our daylight hours and exposure to sun light. Natural day light increases happiness as it triggers the release of serotonin. Sunlight also is a great production of vitamin D which plays a big role in bone and skin health. The spring is a great time to feel good and with all it has to offer its almost hard not to. Spring ahead by following these 5 tips to take advantage of this season. These tips will increase your self-care, emotional wellbeing, and overall happiness.
1. Enjoy nature
You probably saw this tip coming, as spring is a beautiful time to spend outdoors. Walking outdoors is a common way to enjoy the spring time and treat your body to some extra exercise. Although most of us know the endless benefits of exercise; we still don’t get enough. The beauty of the spring is you can switch up your workouts and enjoy the great outdoors. Hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, or just a stroll in the park are a great way to burn some extra calories and connect with nature. Spending time in nature also offers mental benefits; studies have shown spending time in nature is connected to decreased anxiety and depression. Science has recently found that humans do indeed need the outdoors; Ecotherapy refers to nature’s therapeutic nature. Ecotherapy can help decrease cortisol levels, improve mindfulness, and lower blood pressure.
2. Infuse your water
Drinking water infused with fruit or herbs is a tasty way to stay hydrated as the weather gets warmer. Hydration is essential to keep your health. If you are active the spring is a time to increase your water intake. As we perspire and loose water through activity, it is easy to become dehydrated. Staying hydrated is key to cleansing your body of toxins, and also a major role in weight loss. Infused water is a great option oppose to sugary drinks that can further dehydrate you with extra sugar. Infused water comes with the benefits of easing an upset stomach and providing you with vitamins and minerals. Depending on what you choose to add to your water, the benefits are endless -as are the tasty combinations. Some fruits to reach for are; strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, peach, lemon, and lime. You can also add herbs such as mint!
As the weather begins to change, we get the opportunity to start fresh, and there is no better place to begin than the environment of our own homes. Some people might not look forward to cleaning; but spring cleaning can come with a ton of benefits. A little spring cleaning goes a long way; a cluttered home = a cluttered mind. By re organizing and freeing up space you can increase your mental sharpness and decision-making skills. Spring cleaning is also a great stress relief and can help you reduce feelings of anxiety. Start by making a list of things you would like to clean and re organize. Becoming goal oriented with this task can also help offer a sense of calm and organization 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. Candles, fresh linens, positives notes; are all great ways to create a healing space. Cutting the clutter with spring cleaning can bring serenity to your emotional and mental health.
4. Cook fresh new recipes
Springs fresh vegetables are some of the healthiest vegetables available. Kale, asparagus, spinach, arugula, strawberries, celery, broccoli, and avocado are at their best this time of year. There is nothing more appetizing then a healthy fresh meal in the spring. Take advantage of the crops spring has to offer. Spinach aids in detoxification, and is a great source of vitamin A. You can add spinach to a salad or cook it on its own. Avocados are extra sharp in the spring time. They offer an anti-inflammatory effect and can help control blood pressure. Avocados are very versatile, and can be eaten with any meal, or even as a snack. Strawberries are a great sweet choice in the spring they offer Vitamins A, C and E. They are rich in folic acid and are a great healthy option for a dessert.
5. Wake up earlier
When we take a turn into spring the mornings can be less dreadful. Instead of snoozing to avoid the cold, 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. By waking up early you can find yourself getting a better quality of sleep at night, as your internal clock becomes stronger with routine. Waking up early can also have improvements for your mental health; when you wake up early you have more time, you are able to start your day with a clearer mind and allows for a day that flows effortlessly. By waking up early you avoid that morning rush and forgotten lunch. A clear mind can help us feel more connected with our self, our emotions and our decisions. Having extra time in your day can improve your awareness and increase your happiness.