As the final days of winter finally melt away across the country, we are finding ourselves in the midst of a new season. Sure the Spring Equinox has come and gone, but how much does that really change our daily routine? But what if it could? Spring signifies a time of renewal and growth in nature, so why shouldn’t it also represent the same for our wellness? Read on for six easy tips to put a spring in your step!
Spend time in Nature
After being cooped up all winter, it feels good to go outdoors and soak up the sun even if it isn’t quite beach weather yet. Being in nature puts you back into balance and is especially important in this day of relentless technology. In fact, there has been research on how spending time in nature has positive physiological effects like boosting your immune system. So, plant a garden, go for a walk in the park, or explore new territory and expand it into a hike. Even a simple stroll around the neighborhood will do you good.
Doing a spring detox is one way to refocus on healthy food choices and get rid of ones that don’t serve any helpful or nutritional purpose. From simple online 3-day cleanses that provide lists for recipes that you can shop on your own to those detoxes that are introduced under the direction of a nutritionist where meals are prepackaged for you, the benefits of ‘spring-cleaning’ your body could be the reset you need for overall optimal wellness.
Let’s have a zen moment together. Picture a clean, clutter-free surrounding with spa-like music humming in the background. The ideal place, right? Having things free of stuff makes us feel good on the inside. It makes spa-music hum from out of nowhere. Our outside world is a reflection of our inside world, so think sorting closets, boxing up donations, and being best friends with Marie Kondo.
Just as not having clutter around keeps your mind clear and balanced, so does having things clean. One approach to this is green cleaning, which is the use of non-toxic cleaners and/or natural ingredients, such as vinegar and baking soda. They’re safe to use unlike many conventional cleaners, so they don’t disrupt your hormones or cause other health issues. Plus, when you use your own natural cleaning ingredients, you can clean a whole house with them.
Walking, yoga, you name it, it helps clear the mind and body. If you feel you aren’t exercising, because you always have an excuse, find an accountability partner to help you power through the initial transition into a regular fitness routine. That way you’ll get back into your exercise groove again and enjoy a renewed sense of energy.
Probably the most important tip! With the recent time change, have you been struggling to get to bed earlier?
Retiring for the day at 10:00 pm or earlier is best for our natural circadian body rhythms, because our deepest, most regenerative sleep occurs after 10 pm. Also, be sure to shut off electronic devices at least an hour or two before bedtime and ensure your room is completely dark when you go to sleep. This avoids melatonin production (which is a hormone that controls your sleep and wake cycles) being adversely affected by the blue light emitted from electronic devices. Considering a lot of recent scientific evidence has suggested evening light exposure may be a risk factor for certain cancers (e.g., prostate, colorectal), having the lights out is not just essential for a good night’s sleep, but your health and longevity too.
In what ways are you springing into spring with renewed energy and vitality? At Brielle Integrated Healthcare, we know your wellness management depends on different factors. Call our office today to schedule an appointment if you’d like to find comprehensive health services including acupuncture, massage therapy, and chiropractic near Brielle, NJ.