As the temperature warms, the days grow longer, and nature emerges from its slumber, we rejoice in knowing that Spring is here. While there are so many great benefits to embrace when spring arrives, it is also important to be prepared for the challenges of this magnificent season of awakenings. Unfortunately this year, Spring has brought with it some unprecedented times. It is important that while we are enjoying the outdoors more, that we remain safe and healthy.
This is not your typical spring, with the Covid 19 virus changing the way many of us work, eat, play, and basically live. As tempting as it is to take a stroll in the park, or walk on the beach, which is encouraged, it is important to keep yourself, and those around you safe. Keeping six feet away from others is showing promise as a way to slow the spread of this deadly virus. So go ahead and step outside for some fresh air, but just be cognizant of your surroundings.
With longer days comes more sun exposure. The Sun can be a real boost to our mood, as serotonin levels increase with sunlight. The human body also benefits from increased vitamin D production from sunlight. However, the sun's harsh UV rays can have real negative effects including sunburn, premature aging, and cellular damage. Wearing light clothing, sunglasses, and a hat can help reduce these harmful effects.
Consistent quality sleep is vital to our wellbeing. Turning the clocks back in the Spring due to Daylight Savings Time can have a very negative effect on the body's sleep patterns. To help ensure a strong sleep routine, you should avoid using caffeine later in the day, use room darkening shades, keep all electronics such as TV's and phones out of the bedroom, and make sure your mattress is still providing the proper support needed for rest.
As the flowers and trees start to bloom they usher in the allergy season, complete with runny noses, itchy eyes, and even breathing difficulties. While it is tempting to open the windows to let fresh air in, this is not advised for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. Instead this is the time to make sure that your air conditioning unit has been serviced, and the filters have been replaced. A good spring cleaning may be in order to remove dust, mold, and other pollutants. It is also important after spending time outside that you wash your hands to prevent the transfer of pollen, and try showering before bedtime to remove any lingering irritants.
The warmer temperatures are an invitation to get outside and exercise after a long winter and do your favorite activities including hiking, jogging, or walking the dog. We all know that exercise can be extremely beneficial to our health in many ways including, lowering blood pressure, keeping weight in check, strengthening our bodies, and boosting our moods. If you had a sedentary winter, it is important to start exercising slowly to avoid injury. Be sure to stretch properly before and after activity, replace worn out footwear, and increase your daily hydration.
As Spring is in the air, you will soon start to see your groceries and farmers markets brimming with fresh seasonal produce. Try incorporating these food choices into your diet by searching for healthy recipes before your trip to the store. A healthy diet is never complete without fresh fruits and vegetables. Spring is a great time to look for cherries, apricots, strawberries, artichokes, peas, and radishes.
There are many great natural supplements on the market to help ease your transition to spring. A new supplement that has been recently made legal, Cannabadiol, more commonly known as CBD has been shown to help support the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in our bodies bringing the body into a state of homeostasis or balance. You can learn more about CBD and the ECS system here.
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