5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Health
The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the days are getting longer. That can only mean one thing: Spring, and it’s right around the corner. Maybe you had a 2023 resolution to finally focus on your health, feeling sluggish from the winter months, or just want to finally get a start on your health journey. Here’s five tips to help spring clean your health:
- Start with a checkup: Schedule an appointment with your doctor for a physical checkup, including blood work and other tests.
- Purge Your Pantry: March is National Nutrition Month and what better time to make a change to your diet than now? Take a look at your diet and see where you can make improvements. Purge your pantry of expired items or unhealthy processed foods. This might mean cutting back on processed foods, increasing your water intake, or incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your meals.
- Take advantage of the sunny days: With the longer days and warmer weather, take the opportunity to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Regular sun exposure helps you maintain proper vitamin D levels, which can help protect against disease, optimize physical performance, and improve mental health. Find outside activities that you enjoy, such as walking, biking, or swimming, and make it part of your routine.
- Put the “self” back in self-care: Taking care of yourself is important for both physical and mental health. Make time for activities that bring you joy, such as reading a book, spending time with loved ones, or practicing yoga or meditation. Remember, taking care of yourself is not selfish – it's necessary for a healthy and fulfilling life.
- Sleep: Speaking of longer days, Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 2 a.m. Sleep is essential for overall health and well-being. Take steps to improve your sleep habits before Daylight Savings Time by creating a calming bedtime routine, avoiding screens before bed, and making sure your sleep environment is dark and quiet.