After the long winter months, many people feel depleted, both physically and mentally. Here are seven ideas for a “springtime recharge” of your body and mind:
Limit your intake of processed foods, sugar and alcohol, and ramp up the green veggies, fruits, lean proteins, healthy fats and whole grains. Eating a balanced breakfast can help you avoid feeling drained by mid-morning.
Ten to 30 minutes of physical activity every day can improve your mood and make you feel more energized. Choose something you enjoy, such as a walk, running or swimming. Or try a new activity — kayaking or yoga anyone?
The average adult sleeps only five or six hours per night — a recipe for burning out. If you’re sleep deprived, try going to bed an hour earlier or waking up an hour later, and see how you feel. If that doesn’t work, take a 20-minute daytime nap.
Being connected 24/7 may lead to mental fatigue and interfere with quality sleep. In addition, artificial light from computer screens can strain your eyes and cause headaches. Turn off your devices at least one hour before bedtime.
No, we’re not talking about social media! Devote time to meaningful, face-to-face conversations with family and friends. Plan group outings that will make everyone smile. Remember, also, that working too many hours can hurt relationships.
A long soak in a warm bath helps sooth muscles, especially at the end of a long day. A bath before bedtime also sends signals to your body that it’s time to relax. For a little “spa treatment,” add Dead Sea salt to the bath water.
In most areas of the country, spring is the perfect time to head outside and savor the fresh air, open space, greenery and wildlife. Try going barefoot or flying a kite — let the kid in you come out and play!