Spring starts a bit earlier this year!
On March 19th, as the season turns to a brighter and slightly warmer time, we're going to be spending days outdoors, roaming around, hanging out with our friends and loved ones; our activity is going to pick up!
But remember, this is also allergy season, and we've also pushed our clocks forward an extra hour for the extra sun time!
Here's a quick-fire list on ways to prep and stay healthy, both physically and mentally, for the Spring season!
1. Get some sleep!
Yup, we might've pushed our clocks forward, so it feels like we've lost an hour of sleep. Quite frankly, it's pretty easy to recover from that slight adjustment to our sleep schedules and routines.
One of the ways that works for me is by setting your bedtime alarm; when you need to be asleep by, what time to be in bed, and the time you intend to wake up.
For example, for me to be asleep by 10:30 p.m., I'll set up a bedtime alarm to be in bed by 10:00 p.m. to rest my heart rate, get comfortable, and settle in.
Let's say I need to leave my house at 5:30 a.m. the following morning to get to the gym by 6:00 a.m., I will set my alarm at 5:00 a.m. to have a quick pre-workout meal, along with getting my things ready for my workout, work day, and any activities afterwards.
Set up extra alarms if you're a snoozer, too!
Sleeping early and getting the amount that allows you to function at a high level, whether that's only 5-6 hours, or a full 8 hours, is totally dependant on a number of factors. It's finding what works for you to wake up feeling ready to take on a full day
2. Go for a run!
It is nicer outside! Not too hot, not too cold, and as the weather gets better, that means more time outdoors.
This is a great opportunity to change up your routine, and add some spice to it. Instead of static work on the treadmill, grab your running shoes, throw your track jacket on, and run around the block, hit the local track, or speed through a local trail!
Just make sure to keep some water on you, know your route by heart, know your environment, and keep an eye out for foot and car traffic!
3. SPRING CLEANING
Spring cleaning can be both physically demanding (in a good way), and mentally relieving.
There are a number of things you can do to start prepping for a physically and mentally healthier Spring season:
- Dusting off your appliances that might've been collecting dust all Winter long
- Removing or de-cluttering unnecessary items at your work station, bedroom, living room, kitchen, vehicle, etc.
- Donating, recycling, or throwing away old clothes that you no longer use or wear.
- Incorporate more colours as you clean the areas around your home or workspace to boost your mood as the season changes.
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