People who have been bundled up and hunkered down all winter are emerging from their caves to witness the sun shining, the lake ice melting and warmer days. Hooray!
The dramatic shift from the deep freeze of winter into the drama and glory of spring is an incredible thing to behold. If it weren’t for spring, many of us Chicagoans would be somewhere else, sitting under a palm tree, sipping a cool drink and slapping on the sunscreen.
So, in honor of spring and all manner of couch spuds heading outdoors, here are my top 10 ways to be a little healthier this spring:
1. Eat more sprouts, shoots and greens. Remember, those baby plants are chlorophyll-rich and they’re really good for you.
2. Start a garden. Whether you grow some lettuce in pots on your balcony or convert part of your backyard into a pumpkin patch, gardening is good for your soul. In addition, it can be a cost-effective way to get pesticide- and herbicide-free produce on your table this spring and summer.
3. Spring clean. It is this time of year that many of us feel the need to clean. Get rid of the yuckiness built up over the winter—not just the home but the body too. A gentle cleanse/detox program is highly recommended.
4. Refresh your closet. Tangerine orange is the color of this spring. Update your closet with a few pieces of this fresh vibrant color.
5. Go outside. Get in touch with the natural world around you. Be a witness to the incredible changes this season brings.
6. Get moving. Get off the couch and get the sap going in your veins. Take a walk, play outside, ride your bike. Whatever you do, a little movement will wake you up and make you feel good.
7. Stretch. Avoid injury while you’re performing the above by stretching a little. Massage is also a good way to get the circulation going in your muscles, ligaments and tendons.
8. Meditate. This age-old technique helps to calm the mind, develop inner peace and rejuvenate the spirit within us.
9. Commit to being a little more flexible. Flexible people are better able to handle stress and take life’s bumps and bruises in stride. If you struggle to deal what life dishes out, give a little, like branches in the breeze.
10. Start something new. Spring is a time of growth and expansiveness. By starting a new project, hobby, skill, job or relationship, you’re creating movement, change and growth that are the essence of this time of year.