It's easy to forget that we are all perfect in our own design. Sometimes we muck it up with habits and choices that do not serve us.
Warm weather and sunshine may inspire you to make positive changes in your life. Create a healthier lifestyle by reading these easy ways to feel good on the inside and out this spring. Trying something new could be all you need to become the best version of yourself.
Throwing yourself into your job or classes is admirable, but everyone needs a break to de-stress. Scheduling 5- or 10-minute breaks throughout your day will allow your mind to decompress so you don’t have to worry about struggling with mental burnout.
Many plants bloom in the spring, so switch up your diet by eating more seasonal fruits. You can find fresh spring fruit at your local farmer’s market for a great deal if you keep your eye out for foods like:
Strawberries, as well as other fruits, have natural anti-aging properties and can improve your brain function, clear your skin and reduce risk of disease. A fresh fruit salad incorporating these ingredients will make you feel physically refreshed as they provide all the nutrients you need to thrive.
Going outside more often will expose you to ultraviolet (UV) rays that could create burns or cause skin cancer. Protecting yourself by wearing lotion with a high sun protection factor (SPF) can prevent that.
Have fun trying different brands to find one that feels right on your skin. You don’t have to lather your face in greasy sunscreen every day when lotions provide the same protection while absorbing quickly into your pores.
Exercising creates natural endorphins, which make your brain feel better. See if you can fit daily morning or evening walks into your schedule. Your mind and body will become stronger without needing a gym membership.
If walking isn’t appealing to you, look for something to entertain yourself with while you’re out in nature. Downloading a few podcast episodes or an audiobook is an easy solution if you might get bored. You could also join a friend during your walk or talk with someone on the phone to pass the time.
Doing something good for others feels great, but research shows that pro-social behaviors improve your mental health by minimizing feelings of depression, isolation, and anxiety. Bake cookies for your best friend or surprise a loved one by visiting them and you’ll gain positive mental clarity.
Not getting enough sleep will make you feel groggy or even sick. Consider how well you sleep and how many hours of rest your mind receives each night. Revising your sleep schedule could be one of the easiest ways to feel good on the inside and out this spring.
Hanging out with your closest friends and family members is a great way to cheer yourself up. If your mental health has been flagging, schedule a social visit or video call. You’ll catch up and laugh together, which is a great relief to anyone trying to improve their mental wellness.
Spring is the season of new beginnings, so try journaling if you haven’t before. Venting your thoughts or recording your exciting seasonal activities is an excellent way to get more in touch with yourself. You’ll release pent-up stress and understand yourself better by reflecting on your entries.
Everyone knows that vitamins are helpful to your mental and physical health because they supercharge bodily functions like your immune system. They’re also great for your mental health.
A recent study found that a daily multivitamin eased episodes of intense anxiety for people with chronic anxiety conditions. Take a daily vitamin regularly or increase your nutrient intake with healthy whole foods to experience the effect for yourself.
Many people skip their annual checkups at their doctor’s office because they’re busy, but it’s essential to make that appointment. Your primary-care physician can review any health concerns you might have this spring and recommend the best ways to address your unique needs.
Call your doctor to make that appointment today. You’ll accomplish that essential healthcare step this spring and feel ready to enjoy your summer activities.
There are many easy ways to feel good on the inside and out this spring. Reflect on your current lifestyle to consider what’s working and what isn’t. You’ll pinpoint the best tips to help you feel your best and enjoy every moment before summer arrives.
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