Now’s the time to get moving as we transition seasons. Here are some tips to help you “spring into wellness”.
Wake early to exercise.
The mornings are warming up, and spring means the sun rises earlier each day, so take good advantage of this change. The sunlight will program your body clock and help regulate your sleep and wake rhythm. Get out and exercise before starting your day, whether it’s going for a run or walking the dog. Exercising before work can begin your day on a high note with clarity and energy.
Revitalize your daily fruits and vegetable.
Spring is a great season to add new fruits and vegetables to your diet. The recommendation is 5 to 6 serves of vegetables and 2 fruits per day. These are among those that are in season during the spring: cherries, raspberries, nectarines, plums, and rhubarb; artichokes, cucumbers, peas, peppers, squash and tomatoes.
Water with a squeeze of lemon.
How often do you drink the recommended 8 glasses of water each day? For your body to perform at a high level, it’s essential to stay hydrated. A glass of water can also be a good appetite suppressant and can help maintain a healthy weight. Try a squeeze of lemon in your water to add a bit of zest.
Spend time with people who make you laugh.
Laughter is the best medicine, research finds that it may even compare to eating well and exercising to keep you healthy and free of disease. Laughter helps calm the mind, relieve anxiety, and reduce stress. When you laugh and think positive thoughts, you are more likely to end your day on a happy note.
Proper sleeping habits help maintain a healthy weight.
Strive to sleep 6-8 hours each night. Your bedroom needs to be as quiet and dark as possible. To get your mind prepared for sleep after an active day, meditate for five minutes before slipping into bed. Staying up late has been shown to increase the likelihood of overeating. Achieving proper rest will help reduce the opportunity to make bad diet decisions while preparing you for the demands of the next day.
The Season of Nurture
With thanks from Jean Sheehan of Millennium Education. Your body is always talking these body parts are asking you to
THYROID – Be devoted to yourself, do what you decided and planned in winter.
BLADDER- You are in control and can bring your yearnings to fruition.
SMALL INTESTINE -You assimilate all your new ideas, so they will integrate over time.
KIDNEY – You decide what you can relate to, how you will cope with all this newness.
Book in for a check up
An increase in exercise can enhance your mood which makes us feel good. As we gain extra energy by slowly building up our fitness we strengthen our muscles in our body. To ensure your muscles are working at their full capacity, here at Border Natural Therapies we assess and identify and treat any weakness, tightness and dysfunction in muscle groups to prevent your body from slowly developing these problems in the future, that cause pain and dysfunction from our everyday life activities. A common issue we see regularly is weakness in our bottom muscle called the Gluteus Maximus. Our butt is very important in stabilising our pelvis so we can move and maintain our posture. When the Glutes are injured or weak they can cause other problems such as hip and lower back pain. So we believe that prevention is the key to great health, we check muscle firing patterns to see if they are all working correctly.
Spring cleaning and decluttering!
It’s that time of the year again when the weather is pleasant, the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming and the days are longer. It is also a time when many people decide to do a spring clean. Window cleaning, clearing cobwebs, dusting, washing walls, odd jobs and rubbish removal from gardens. This in itself is a great way to clear your space and get ready for the long, summer months ahead.
Did you know that decluttering and spring cleaning your belongings and wardrobe can be considered a spring clean too? Decluttering is a great way to go through your belongings and decide if an object or piece of clothing is worth hanging on to. Are you able to look at an item and say ‘yes, this brings me joy’? Decluttering is considered to be very good for our mental health and wellbeing as well. According to the Mayo Clinic, the benefits of decluttering can include:
- Positively affecting mood
- Reduces your stress levels
- Increased your energy
- Gives you a sense of control
- Leads to positive feelings
- Reduces ‘cluttered thoughts’
- Reduces ‘decision fatigue’ which is often attributed to excess clutter
- Increases your ability to remain focused
- Reduces anxiety and depression levels
- Promotes a healthier and cleaner lifestyle
- And finally increases your sense of self worth
So, start getting busy this spring and declutter/spring clean your living space. You will feel better for it!