With chirping birds and blossoming flowers, spring brings not only beauty but also hope. Not only to nature but also its inhabits–including humans. As humans, we awaken when the weather becomes bouncier. Springs tells the body to move out of hibernation-mode and into renewal.
Unfortunately, some of the residual effects of winter take the spring out of our step. For instance, the unusually harsh winter in my area, left me unable to train adequately for a recent half-marathon. Plus my general exercise routine also took a hit. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I have a new beginning. The setbacks that happened were just an opportunity to learn more, and develop extra options next winter. Now I can start anew.
So can you. Now that it is spring, how can you start over or freshen up some old life habits. Here are some ideas.
Change What You Eat
Spring is an excellent time to experiment with lighter foods. In the winter, we normally crave heavier, more comforting food. Springtime is a chance to cleanse. Do this by adding more raw foods to your diet. Try greens foods such as watercress, broccoli and dandelion leaves. Add some sprouts to your sandwiches. Snack on cherries and strawberries.
Change Your Exercise Routine
With the weather being warm but not too hot, this is an excellent time to shake up your exercise routine. Try walking for 10 minutes every day. Train for an upcoming 5k. Take up a new sport such as tennis. Check out active.com to find activities and competitions in your area. No one exercise is for everyone. Nevertheless, almost everyone can find at least one enjoyable physical activity.
Stress Less and Let the Sunshine In
The sun is shining more. Take advantage of it. Lighten your mood and energize your body by going outside at least ten minutes every day. Sunlight adjusts your circadian rhythms and the level of melatonin in your body. Circadian rhythms and melatonin are related the proper functioning of the body’s sleep and wake cycle.
Form a New Life Habit
It’s easy to stay warm and comfortable. However, if you stretch beyond your comfort zone, you’ll benefit in surprising ways. You may discover a new passion, inspiration, even an alternative career adaptation. So, give yourself a chance to adapt and grow. Make it a goal to try something you always wanted to do in the next three months. Commit to this goal. Don’t talk yourself out of it.