If you are like me, you get a little impatient this time of year anticipating the real beginning of Spring, especially this year when it can’t seem to come soon enough for everyone. Below are some Spring wellness tips:
- Go “forest bathing” . Sihinrin-yoku is a term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing”. Developed in Japan during the 1980’s it has become an integral part of preventative health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
- Eat better. If you feel that your digestion has been a little sluggish and needs a little boost, now is a great time to incorporate more whole foods into your diet. Learn to love your fruits and vegetables by incorporating some new ones in your diet.
- Get moving. Take up yoga, renew your gym membership or finally do that new outdoor activity you’ve always wanted to try… like kayaking or paddle boarding. I have decided to pre-book my yoga classes so that I can plan my days to incorporate my class.
- Get growing. Go to your local nursery to check out all the wonderful seeds, herbs and flowers they have on offer and make an effort to exercise your green thumb.
- Reconnect with friends and family. Sometimes the winter months cause us to hibernate a little too much. Spring is a great time to re-connect with others in our lives.
- Breathe better. Sinus issues become a problem for many in the Spring months. An air purifier is a good way to help clear the air of pollen and other impurities. You can set it to allergy mode during the day, and turn it off at night so the hum doesn’t disturb your sleep. Netipots are also really popular for clearing nasal passages (remember to follow their instructions carefully).
- Plan a visit and discover something new. Many places that were closed during the winter months, such as some museums, are now open with beautiful new exhibits. You don’t have to travel far: look for information in your local area. Sometimes the best places are right on your doorstep.
- Make better choices. Conscious consumption is something we should all embrace: whether we realize it or not, we vote with our dollars. Change your buying habits and buy from small businesses and companies you believe in.
- Take a complete break from social media for a few days. I wrote about this recently in my @purebodynantucket Instagram and Facebook feed and it was life changing.
- Embrace change and all that Spring has to offer. Learn from it and be inspired!
Stay healthy and happy!
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