This post and photography are courtesy of Nic Abraham.
Spring is arriving fast and furious, and I couldn’t be happier! The start of a new season allows us to refresh, recharge and strive for optimal physical and mental wellbeing. Quite honestly, with the year most of us have had, a new seasonal routine is a welcomed change.
With the sun shining more and more each day, it’s the perfect time to trade in sluggish winter habits for healthier ones. This includes eating well-balanced meals, enjoying physical activities, getting fresh air on lunch breaks or free time, basking in the sun and more. The result is less anxiety, more relaxation and a better you.
If you are as excited as I am to welcome spring, here are some simple ways to start your new routine.
Fresh Flowers are Necessary
I love flowers and try to keep a beautiful bloom around all year long. They boost moods and increase smiles. If you missed out this winter, you have plenty of options this spring. I currently have elegant red roses and a calming pink orchid.
Hydrate First Thing in the Morning
Start your day with a couple glasses of water. Although our bodies are 60-70% water, many of us are dehydrated. This can cause both short and long-term health problems and affect our brain’s overall performance. Proper hydration keeps skin glowing and satisfies the body.
Eat More Fruits and Veggies
We tend to eat heartier foods during the winter, but it’s time to spring clean our diets with more fruits and vegetables. On top of providing much-needed antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, they also help detox the digestive tract. During the spring, enjoy mangoes, pineapples, artichokes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, leeks, lettuce and mushrooms.
Start Your Day with an Energizing Breakfast
To break your morning fast, the body requires foods that nourish and hydrate. Think avocado toast, fresh fruit, overnight oats, yogurt parfaits, nut bars and protein shakes. As the most important meal of the day, skipping breakfast causes a lack of energy, lethargy and a sour mood. Energize your day with a healthy breakfast!
Pencil In Exercise
Some people may think they are too busy to squeeze in a workout, but honestly, if you’re that busy, you can’t afford not to! Exercise reduces stress and stimulates moods, among other things. It also feels really good to sweat and release toxins. With the weather breaking, it’s a good time to adopt a new routine and pencil in 30 minutes of exercise at least three to four times a week. This can include indoor and outdoor activities and incorporate friends. Have fun and give your body the exercise it needs.
Update Your Skincare
Skincare is essential for both women and men. Taking care of your skin properly prevents hyperpigmentation, acne, patchy skin, blackheads and whiteheads, among other skin issues. With the changing weather, our skin may become dull, dry or oily. Depending on your skin’s needs, adding a new cleanser, moisturizer or mask to your skincare routine can make all the difference. Try a detox mask today!
Don’t Forget Your Vitamins
Although many of us like to think so, spring is not summer, so staying on top of vitamin and supplement intake is essential. Here are a few to consider adding to your regimen.
- Curcumin: A powerful antioxidant that supports respiratory and immune health.
- Vitamin C: Keeps our immune systems strong and boosts skin and sinus health.
- Zinc: Another immune system booster that also decreases inflammation.
Show Some Self-Love
Every healthy routine is incomplete without self-love. This is an act of appreciation that supports our wellbeing.
Find the time to grow and love yourself this spring!