Spring is just around the corner, and most of us are already starting to feel it. Aside from the promises of oncoming seasonal allergies, there’s much to look forward to. With the steady increase in daylight, our melatonin production begins to ease up, and most find their energy levels begin to rise. This spike in energy after the long sleepy winter is the perfect opportunity to start new projects, learn new skills, and begin building healthier habits. Here’s some ideas to try out and keep in mind…
- Change your sleep schedule
Everyone wants to be a morning person, but making that transition can be tough. Ensuring that you’re tired enough to get to bed at an earlier hour the night before can make things gradually easier. Exercising or doing some kind of physical activity in the evening is a good way to tucker yourself out. That, followed up with a nightcap, chamomile tea and warm milk, or a melatonin supplement are good ways to get started.
- Get into a new workout routine
If you don’t have a workout routine already, this is a perfect time to start. Remember that not every workout needs to be intense. If you're just beginning to get back into working out, or beginning to condition yourself again, a brisk walk for at least 60 minutes a day is enough to get your blood pumping!
- Begin a healthier diet
Using your new found energy to change your diet is always well used. Use this opportunity to learn new recipes and curb your cravings towards meals that include more veggies, fruits, and lean meats.
- Learn a new skill
It’s never a bad time to learn a new skill. Whether it’s a new instrument, a new software, pickling up pottery, or taking a side class, everything is valuable. Not everything you try has to be perfect, and you don’t have to be perfect either. Our brains need to be stimulated with new activities regularly to stay healthy. If you enjoy it, keep at it. Your body and brain will thank you.