Spring has officially sprung. This new season is bringing longer days, warmer weather, and a chance to reset and plan for the year ahead. But with summer’s approach, it can be difficult to prioritize our mental and physical wellbeing. So we’re sharing our 6 tips to help you stay mindful of your health and wellness this spring.
Tip #1: Take advantage of this season’s extra daylight and get outside.
Daylight savings time began on March 13. Despite losing an hour of sleep the night before, we’re seeing more and more daylight each day. If winter meant early sunsets that kept you from fully enjoying your evenings after a long workday, it’s time to use spring’s extra sunshine as an excuse to head outdoors and take in the warmer temperatures.
Plus, if you’re struggling to fit exercise into your week and you’re not a fan of the gym, this is the perfect time to start incorporating evening walks into your weekday routine! Not only is this another great way to take advantage of that extra daylight, but moving for even just 10 minutes after dinner can help prevent feeling overly full or lethargic. Studies also show that walking for just 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week can reduce a person’s risk of heart disease by 20%.
Tip #2: Plant your own seasonal fruits, veggies, and herbs.
There’s nothing better than a home cooked meal – especially when that meal can also be made with food from your own garden. Prepare for snacking on seasonal fruits and vegetables in the coming months by planting broccoli, kale, carrots, or strawberries in April. Get May going with peppers, cucumbers, corn, or pumpkins.
Get your spring garden going with broccoli, kale, carrots, peppers, and more.
If you prefer gardening outside, design some raised beds in your backyard or fill a few planters on your apartment balcony. No outdoor space? No worries! Put together an indoor herb garden kit and season your meals with fresh rosemary, basil, thyme, or mint.
Bonus Tip: If you try a new recipe with one of your homegrown foods or herbs, try adding in one of our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Tinctures for an extra wellness boost.
Tip #3: Visit a new part of your city or hometown.
These past two years have made exploring and meeting new people pretty challenging. But with warmer weather encouraging more outdoor activities, including sitting on patios at local coffee shops, relaxing by your neighborhood pool, and more, take this opportunity to go exploring in your own hometown. You may stumble upon a new favorite restaurant or a brand-new hiking trail to revisit all season long.
Tip #4: Refresh your living (and work) space.
Despite many of us returning to an in-person office setting, some people still spend their weekdays working from home. Whether that’s a dedicated room with a desk and closed door for privacy, or you’re stuck in the kitchen tuning out noisy family members or needy four-legged friends, spring is the perfect time for a new start.
Spring is the perfect time for a living and work space refresh.
While giving an entire home a good “spring cleaning” can seem like a physically and emotionally daunting task, it truly is the perfect excuse to get that deep-clean and style refresh going that you always talk about but never have the time for. And what about any home-improvement projects you’ve been putting off for weeks, months, or even years? The beginning of a new season is just the thing you need to start a full reset of your space and routine to ensure you set yourself up for success in the new year ahead.
Tip #5: Plan a getaway or a staycation.
The beginning of a new year and/or new season can be filled with many exciting activities and changes. But they often don’t incorporate a chance to take a step back and relax. We can easily get too focused on planning as far ahead as possible and don’t incorporate the time to pause every once in a while for a necessary breather.
Your getaway could be a luxurious beach vacation or a long weekend spent at a cabin with some friends. Or it could be as simple as a day off from work to catch up on some much-needed rest. Whatever you choose, make sure your plan for the coming season includes an occasional day (or few) to focus on your personal wellbeing.
Tip #6: Take care of those seasonal allergies.
If you love the outdoors and can’t wait to get outside this season to take in all the gorgeous greenery and blooms, you may also suffer from some not-so-enjoyable seasonal allergies. Pollen can hit some of us pretty hard. So before we’re all covered in a lovely layer of yellow dust, there are some helpful precautions you can take to ensure you enjoy this beautiful time of year instead of being plagued by annoying sniffles and sneezes:
Track pollen levels in your area.
Keep your windows closed and leave pollen-covered shoes at the door when you get home to prevent bringing extra allergens inside.
Use a nasal rinse to flush any inhaled pollen out of your nose.
Eat a spoonful of local honey each day.
Shower after outdoor activities, and give pets a good rinse, too.