Spring

Sping into Spring

 

It’s time to get out of the winter woollies and time to spring into action as the season is upon us.

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of soup, curling up on the couch, and endless netflix binging. So, I made a list of things to do while the temperature rises and the days get longer!

It’s not going to be easy, since we all have been stuck inside since the start of the year, (at least it feels that way). But the freshness of spring can give you the kick that you need.

Here are a few ideas that can help you spring into SPRING!

Snap a sunrise picture.

Spring can bring some of the most beautiful and crisp mornings of the year and maybe you’re missing out on them by sleeping in. Getting our sleeping patterns set is very important for our mental and physical well being.

Our natural sleep-wake cycle is called a circadian rhythm. If this becomes disrupted it can lead to weight gain, foggy thinking and impulsivity (the kind that you’ll later regret). (1) With phone cameras becoming almost on par with the best DSLRs, not having a camera isn’t an excuse anymore. Posting your pics to social media can double as inspiration for others as well as humblebrags about your early rising.

You never know, photography might become your new hobby. Speaking of, let’s move on to idea number 2.

Try a new sport/hobby/exercise.

Maybe a spring clean of your boring old exercise routine is what’s on order. If you can find an exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise, you’re on your way.

Doing something new, like dance class or trampolining, may spark a new interest or at least be a ton of fun! Joining a sporting team or a gym can also extend your social group, which might be just what you need. Just think about what looks fun to you and give it a good old try. You might find out something new about yourself in the process!

Get your garden in order.

A tidy house is a tidy mind. However, most of us during quarantine have been busy nesting and priming our house, so this year’s spring clean could start in your garden. With Spring on our doorstep there has never been a better time to create your own little slice of paradise, or at least a chance to pull out a couple of weeds.

Gardening can also be a great time to grab some much-needed sun rays. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that 1 in 4 of us Australians have vitamin D deficiency (2). For a sunny country that is a little bit scary. Vitamin D deficiency can cause a variety of problems including low mood, bone pain, fatigue and muscle weakness (3).

See a Health Practitioner for a check-up.

If you’re feeling a little rundown from your quarantine stint or just stressed about the whole situation, it may be worth seeing someone to get you back on track. A holistic approach is always favourable as it takes into your mental wellbeing as well as the physical. Even day to day stress can greatly impact our health. Stress can cause our DNA to fragment, damaging their ability to replicate effectively, which causes premature aging among other problems.

Herbs like passionflower, kava and californian poppy can be powerful tools to greatly reduce daily stress as well as help you get the best night of sleep ever! BUT because they are powerful, means they can do harm if not prescribed properly or if you are currently taking medications.

The long term goal of having a healthy happy life requires long term solutions and strategies to achieve it. That’s what we specialise in at Health Squared, so pop in and see us and start your way to an amazing Spring and an amazing rest of the year!

Or you can book in with one of our practitioners here

 

 

References

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091026225744.htm

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/lookup/4364.0.55.006chapter2002011-12#:~:text=The%20majority%20of%20Australian%20adults,1%25%20with%20a%20severe%20deficiency.

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/vitamin-d-deficiency

https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/the-athletes-way/201404/emotional-distress-can-speed-cellular-aging#:~:text=Chronic%20stress%20accelerates%20premature%20aging%20by%20shortening%20DNA%20telomeres.&text=A%20wide%20range%20of%20studies,length%20of%20each%20DNA%20strand.

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