Spring Wellness

Aug 29, 2016

Spring is a wonderful time for personal growth, transformation and inspiration. It is also a time to just let go.

Letting go is a little like pruning. We all know our plants do better when they are pruned. Cutting away the dead wood gives way for new growth - this is the same for people too. We may need to let go of old habits, unhealthy relationships, jobs or even foods we know are not supporting our health and happiness.

Here are some simple things you can do to spring into springtime.

1. Wake-Up Earlier and Go Outside

The days are longer and there is more warmth in the sun. Spring is a gorgeous time of the year to get outside, wrap up warmly and feel the energy of renewal and transformation as plants are creating new buds and leaves and nature everywhere is awakening. Allow yourself to feel the lightness and the rhythms of nature, enjoy the beauty of spring flowers and colours all around you. Celebrate renewal and the promise of things to come.

2. Invigorate Your Exercise Routine

Are you feeling restless? This is a completely natural feeling in springtime. Instead of letting the little things irritate you, harness this newfound energy and use it to move yourself forward positively in the directions of your dreams. You might like to walk a little faster, bike uphill instead of on the flat, join a dance class or sports team, try an intense yoga class or get outside for a walk in the bush. You may even like to try an exercise that invokes your inner child! This could include using a skipping rope, playing hopscotch or Elastics (for those of you who remember!) jumping on a trampoline – or anything that’s fun, makes you smile and remember what it was like to be a kid.

3. Lighten Up with Your Food

Spring is a time for expanding our energy, not storing it, so now is the time to start cutting back on heavier, slow-cooked wintery meals and our beloved root vegetables and replacing them with briskly-cooked fresh veggies, salads and spring soups. It is a wonderful time of the year to welcome in all of the new spring vegetables like beans, asparagus, spring onions and cucumbers. Use them in a variety of ways to support health digestion and increase blood circulation as the weather begins to warm.

4. Springtime is liver time!

Spring is a great time to support Liver function; after all, your liver is one of the hardest working organs in your body. It cleans the equivalent of 6 cups of blood every minute of every day.

There is a simple way to support healthy liver function by adding a tablespoon of vinegar and lemon into your morning routine. Just add the vinegar and/or lemon to a cup of warm water before meals or add to the foods you prepare. Using pungent herbs such as mint, spring onions, ginger, horseradish, mustard and pepper will also help with liver function. Warming herbs such as fennel, oregano, rosemary, caraway, dill, and bay leaves will keep your liver happy and healthy.

5. Spring clean!

Your house or even just a room, drawer or cupboard. You know that dust contributes to allergies and asthma, but did you know that clutter can also affect your health? Disorganization makes it difficult for you to find things and this can be incredibly stressful and counterproductive! The more time you spend looking for things, the more frustrated and stressed you get which can add to feelings of anxiety, elevating your levels of adrenaline and cortisol, which, in the long term has a negative health impact on our bodies.

6. Look for a new healthy recipe, and then actually make it!

How many times do you pin a new recipe on Pinterest or tear one out of a magazine, but don’t actually cook it? Find a recipe that not only looks appealing but also is relatively easy and quick to cook. You will be surprised by how many interesting new, tasty and healthy spins there are on ingredients you may already have. Take the time to plan what you want to cook, purchase the ingredients and give it a go - it could become a new family favourite!

7. Eat more fish!

Seafood has many benefits, from being packed with protein to providing us with heart-healthy and brain boosting omega-3 fatty acids. Make it a priority to eat fish at least once a week – preferably twice a week. Smaller sea dwellers like Sardines and Mackerel have the lowest amounts of mercury, big fish like Tuna have larger quantities, shellfish are another great option for a power packed nutrient dense meal option; they are also very inexpensive and readily available in supermarkets.

8. Challenge your brain

We all should regularly challenge our grey matter and there are so many fun ways to do this. We could read a new book, do Sudoku, complete a crossword puzzle, learn a new craft, skill or language; the options are endless and rewarding. Use it or lose it!

9. Support a cause and join Step-tember.

Wear a pedometer or fitness tracker for a week and track how many steps you take each day. Step up to the challenge! Children and adults living with cerebral palsy take on physical challenges every single day. Join teams from around the world and challenge yourself to take 10,000 steps for 28 days and raise vital funds for people living with cerebral palsy - a condition that affects movement. Click here to visit the site.

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