Spring Has Be-Sprung!
Has anyone else been walking around lately and noticed all the different shades of pinks, greens and blues? The blossoms have returned, the leaves are green again and those clouds are just about disappearing! Central Park is back to its beautiful, colorful self and it’s starting to look like the blue skies are here to stay. Finally!
With Spring making a bold return, now is the perfect time to reflect on the past few months of the New Year. Have you met your New Year goals? Perhaps the arrival of the Spring season has given you that ‘spring’ in your step that you’ve not seen for a while? Now is the time to set new goals, and really make the most of the uplifting mood in your everyday activities, both in your work and home life. Try and reflect this positive and happy seasonal transition in your moods and let it inspire you to do things that can make you an all round better, happier and more productive person.
So what can you do to make the most of ‘Spring Fever’? Here are a few ideas!
1. Do a workout in the sunshine! Exercise can lead to a boost in endorphins, the same feel-good chemical that can come from warmer weather. Twenty to forty minutes of activeness most days of the week is a good place to start, but make sure you stay well-hydrated to fight off those allergies that many of us are familiar with!
2. Spend more time in the outdoors! A scientific experiment proved that on clear, sunny days, people that spent more than 30 minutes outside saw an increase in memory, mood, and flexible thinking styles. Proof that the glorious Springtime weather could make you more innovative, so take a long walk through the park this weekend and get those thinking caps on - you never know what you could come up with!
3. Eat a well-balanced diet and say goodbye to those carb-heavy cravings, it’s salad season! You should try and stick to foods that make you feel light, yet satisfied. Fruits and vegetables are key at this time of year, they will give you the energy boost you need to feel good and jump right into Spring. Also foods rich in omega-3 are a big yes, they often make for tastier meals and will also boost your mood.
4. Reach out to old friends and spend more quality time with your family! Spring is the perfect weather for daytime AND nighttime activities, it’s not too hot and not too cold, but just the right temperature. I really encourage you to make the most of this warm weather before the Summer temperatures become sweltering and unbearably hot (think of those dreaded subway journeys in 90 degree heat!). Your family and friends want to spend time with you, so reach out to them and enjoy the outdoors together.
This is just a guideline and a few pointers for some inspiration, there are SO many ways in which you can make the most of the Spring to help reach the ultimate goal - staying healthy and creating the best version of yourself possible!
Spring has be-sprung, enjoy!