spring into self-care habits

Spring into Self-Care

It’s April, and that means warmer weather, increased sun exposure, Easter, and vegetable garden prep. (It also means seasonal allergies and rain, but who’s complaining? It’s not freezing anymore!)

This month, I want to focus on how we can use the spring season to our advantage in ways that will inspire and motivate us to place greater emphasis on self-care habits.

Some of the topics I’m going to discuss include movement, mental health, and fuel:

Movement

Now that the weather is finally improving, we can get active outside again! For those who have been running through winter, you’re amazing.

But you’re also the minority.

Let’s get back outside! Some ways to take advantage of the outdoors in early spring, include:

  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Bike riding
  • Playing tennis
  • Joining a slow-pitch baseball team
  • Playing spring soccer

Even increasing your dog walks from once a day to twice can help boost physical tone and performance. (For both you and your pup!) Whatever you do to increase your outdoor activity will only benefit your body and mind.

Speaking of mind…

Mental Health

The wonderful thing about getting outside, it that it increases your exposure to vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for good health, and although our food can be fortified with it, the rate of absorption is much, much stronger through direct sunlight.

Your eyes and skin are what draw in vitamin D, so allowing yourself to wear short sleeves and refraining from wearing sunglasses right away is a promising idea—your mind will thank you for it, as by this time of year, most of us are very deficient in this essential “happy hormone.”

Fuel

Fuel—as in food. The food changes in the spring! Wintertime is all about heavy, rich, comfort food, but spring? Food gets lighter, fresher, and more locally grown products are available.

Rhubarb, asparagus, strawberries, peas, lettuce, cherries, beets, and beans are a few of the fresh produce items that will become in-season this spring. Take advantage of the local and fresh eats and save yourself some money by buying local, too.

Your body craves good nutrition, and healthy eats contribute greatly to both better movement and increased mental health.

If you’re the kind of person who likes to track your progress and keep yourself accountable, try using My Wellness Journal! It’s available for purchase in hardcover on Blurb.

For more information on how you can learn to be well no matter what stage you’re at in this moment, contact me:

Happy Spring, friends! Stay happy and healthy.

Love, Sophie.

 

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