When March arrives, it means that spring is right around the corner! The weather is warmer, sun is shining, and everything is in bloom. The coming of spring is also a time for rebirth. Nature is reviving, animals are coming out of hibernation, and birds begin returning to their homes. Children’s laughter can be heard outside and people begin more outdoor activities.
Springtime can have many benefits for your entire wellbeing, physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Warmer temperatures mean that you can spend more time outside and enjoy the fresh air. Studies have found spending at least 30 minutes outside in warm, sunny spring weather is connected to positive moods and increased memory, while also opening your mind toward creative ideas. While it’s always important to continue moving your body regardless of the weather, studies have found that exercising in nature can help make you feel more revitalized, experience increased energy levels, and have less tension compared to an indoor workout.
These changes in weather also make it easier to get fresh air and ventilation in your indoor spaces. Lack of ventilation can lead to the buildup of indoor pollutants from things like cleaning products, building and furniture materials, and even your stove. These can all have effects on your health and comfort. Spring is the perfect time to open your space and clear the air.
Since many vegetables and some fruits are harvested in the spring, it’s a great time of year for fresh produce! Produce that is in season generally have the best flavor, for the fairest prices. Incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet can also make you happier.
And, spring is when nature and flowers come back into bloom! Being in nature has been found to reduce feelings of stress, anger, and fear, and helps contribute to more positive feelings. Being in nature helps you feel better emotionally, and can help lower blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. Plants and flowers also boost brain activity and physical and emotional energy.
Spring is the perfect time to start something new, spend some time in nature, and just have fun! As spring approaches your care manager can help create a plan that helps you enjoy spring in a way that works for you. Care managers look at the holistic view of how to provide experiences that meet your needs. Please reach out to discuss this with your care manager today!
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