Staying Healthy in the Spring
Spring has officially begun. This time of year is all about renewal, growth, and new beginnings. Our Health and Wellness RN Lauren says, “You can help prevent chronic diseases by practicing some simple habits this spring!” As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, it is the perfect time to focus on staying healthy and active. Here are some tips on how you can stay healthy this Spring:
- Get outside and enjoy nature. With the warmer weather and longer days, it is the perfect time to get outside and soak up the sunshine. When you’re outside, you’re exposed to natural light and fresh air, which can help regulate your body’s internal clock and improve your sleep quality. Take a walk around your neighborhood, go for a bike ride, or take a hike! Spending time in nature can help reduce stress, improve moods, and boost your overall well-being. H&W RN Lauren says “Don’t forget sun safety when you’re enjoying the beautiful weather. Remember the wear hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen with at least an SPF 15 to fully protect your skin.”
- Eat fresh and seasonal produce. Spring is the season for fresh fruits and vegetables; therefore, incorporating them into your diet can help you get the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. Plus, eating fresh produce can be a delicious way to enjoy the flavors of the season. Our Health and Wellness RN Lauren says, “The CDC recommends this tip! Make half your plate fruits and vegetables and half your grains whole grains.”
- Make sure you stay hydrated. As the weather gets warmer, it is important to stay hydrated. Drinking enough water can help you regulate your body temperature, maintain healthy skin, and support your overall health. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, and consider adding in hydrating foods like watermelon, cucumbers, and oranges.
- Get enough sleep. Getting enough sleep is essential for your overall health and well-being. Aim to get seven to eight hours of sleep each night and establish a consistent sleep routine. This can help you feel more rested, focused, and energized throughout the day. Did you know: Children aged 6 to 12 need 9–12 hours of sleep per night and teens aged 13 to 18 need 8–10 hours of sleep per night.
- Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of being present and aware of your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings. It can help reduce stress, improve mood, and boost your overall well-being. Try incorporating mindfulness practices like meditation or deep breathing into your daily routine.
- Stay active! Now that it is warmer outside, it is easier to stay active. Even a 30-minute walk around your neighborhood will improve your physical and mental health. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, whether it is a brisk walk, a yoga class, or strength training. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a regular part of your routine.
Overall, staying healthy this Spring is all about taking care of yourself and embracing the season of growth and renewal. Our H&W RN Lauren reminds you “365 Health is here to support your best health. Simple habits can make a great difference in your overall wellness!” By getting outside, eating well, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, practicing mindfulness, and staying active, you can support your overall health and well-being this spring and beyond!
Reference: CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/infographic/healthy-spring.ht
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