By Shona Curley
Spring can feel like a new beginning, this year more than ever. As flowers bloom, weather warms, and birds sing in the trees, we are invited to renew ourselves along with the season.
Now is a great time to freshen up your self-care routines and renew your commitment to your own good health, ushering in a better year to come. Here are six things you can do this season to support vibrant health, both mentally and physically. Choose the ones that work best for you.
6 Ways to Prioritize Your Health This Spring
1. Get Outside and Walk.
Now that the weather is warming, it’s easier to get out of the house and walk. Walking moves blood and lymph – circulating oxygen, helping with mental focus, and assisting with detoxification. If you have a work meeting, take it on a walk! Or, as the days get longer, make a habit of walking after dinner. Even though it may not feel like intense exercise, walking for just 20 minutes a day can improve cellular energy levels.
2. Try Mindful Breathing.
Mindful breathing, even just for a minute or so, is a wonderful way to calm your nervous system and release held stress. Try ten breaths in a row where you count to six on both the inhale and the exhale. Let your stomach relax and expand as you breathe in, and deflate your belly softly as you breathe out. Let your shoulders and your jaw soften. Practicing mindful breathing a few times a day can help you become aware of stress held in your body and give you the chance to release it before tension patterns become chronic.
3. Drink More Water.
Nothing helps detoxification, regularity, and general health more than drinking enough water. The Mayo Clinic suggests women drink 11.5 cups of water per day, and men drink 15.5 cups daily.
If plain water doesn’t appeal to you, try herbal tea or water with a little lemon juice and stevia.
Fill a large water bottle or pitcher, and keep it by your workstation. Figure out how many refills you need to reach your hydration goal over the course of a day, and keep track. You may have to visit the loo more often, but your health will thank you.
4. Get Regular Sleep.
Again, it’s the basics that best support our health. Going to sleep at roughly the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning is a great way to improve sleep quality, supporting a healthy mind and body. Set up a sleep routine and stick with it most of the time, even on weekends. Your sleep may deepen, and you may wake up more refreshed.
If it’s hard for you to sleep deeply, light may play a role even with a good routine. Too much blue light at night, like that from computers and televisions, can disturb our sleep cycles. So can even small amounts of light in the room when we’re trying to sleep. Try using blue light blocking glasses when using screens during the two hours before bedtime and a good sleep mask to block out ambient light when you’re in dreamland.
5. Try Topical CBD to Support Daily Exercise.
Any daily exercise routine, while excellent for health, can leave you with aching muscles – especially if you’re trying something new. This can make it hard to get back out there the next day.
Topical CBD creams and salves can help to soothe sore muscles, making your next workout more appealing. CBD may help to lessen pain and soreness and help muscles rebuild. Look for CBD products that are organic and certified for purity so you avoid any chemicals or additives that aren’t great for your health.
6. Try CBD Extracts for Mental Focus.
CBD may help calm feelings of anxiousness, making staying on task easier and more enjoyable. When you have to get back to work, try oral CBD extract for mental focus.
CBD comes in different flavors, and you can even add some to a beverage and sip throughout the day. Every person is different, so experiment a little to find which products and dosage work best to support your workday. If you’re unsure of where to start, talk with your healthcare provider about choosing the right CBD extract for you.
After a long, dark winter, we could all use a boost of healthy energy this spring. Let the buzzing bees and singing birds inspire you to prioritize self-care starting now. Simple routines such as daily walks, mindful breathing, drinking enough water, and using CBD to support regular exercise and mental focus works together to support vibrant, lasting health year-round. May the coming year be a bright one for us all.
Shona Curley lives and works in San Francisco. She is co-owner of the studio Hasti Pilates, and creator of the website www.redkitemeditations.com. Shona teaches meditation, bodywork and movement practices for healing Lyme disease, chronic illness and pain.