Once the winter months wind down and we get into spring, we tend to look to our home, garage, and yard when thinking about spring cleaning. But similarly, our bodies have also been limited to the indoor environments for the winter months and could also use some maintenance. The cold and darker months of winter lead us to exercise less, eat heavier sometime less healthy foods, and may have affected our mental health as well. Spring is a great time to kick things off right and get back to being healthier.
As the weather warms up, our cravings for those heavier soups and meals may begin to wane. Spring is a great time to stop at the local food stands or farmer’s market and pickup home-grown produce. They’re generally in abundance and are a great source of healthy ingredients. Foods such as asparagus, broccoli, chives, fennel, greens, strawberries, and spinach; can be found throughout spring. Seasonal fruits tend to have the best taste and the most nutrients when they’re freshest.
Those chilly nights with the wind and snow blowing outside the windows are at an end. Spring is time to dust off those walking or running shoes; or clean off the lighter jackets for an evening stroll or jog. With more hours of daylight in the day, its best to take advantage of not only the sun, but the fresh air and also some light exercise. Walking has great cardiovascular benefits, works out those kinks in the legs, and can also help mental clarity. If going to a gym seems like a chore, try other activities such as a round of miniature golf, a trip to the zoo, or some Frisbee at the park. The natural light and open air will be beneficial for your body and health.
Even cleaning your environment will be good for your health. After being cooped up all winter long, our homes collect more dander and dust that can highly affect our respiratory functions. Even if you clean your home all winter long, the toxins from many cleaners can also build up along with any mold or mildew. Airing out the home and giving it that good spring clean, will help keep it a healthy environment as well as providing a good boost to your mood.
Finally, the lack of daylight hours during the winter and being stuck inside many days and nights may have affected your mood. Winter depression or SAD (seasonal affective disorder) can have a debilitating effect. These effects may linger and make getting motivated harder. Start with simple things like opening the windows, putting some music on, and cleaning. Walk around your yard or block. Running a marathon, planting a garden, or cleaning the entire garage may be lofty expectations at first, so think small and get started spending time up and about first. SAD is a serious form of depression and if you don’t feel the effects waning as winter comes to an end, it may be a good idea to consult a physician or therapist. To learn more about SAD, visit WebMD for more articles.
Spring cleaning is an important part of the seasonal changes we see here in Update NY. No matter what you do to prepare for spring, we at Upstate HomeCare look forward to a healthy kick start into spring. For more information, take a look at any of the pages below with links to more ways to start your healthy spring cleaning and don’t hesitate to let us know if there is any way we can help make your spring healthier.