Now that we are well into the month of March, can we say that spring is here? The temperatures have dropped a little, but there are plenty of signs that spring is on its way, with daffodils and crocuses cropping up all over, the spring sunshine should be here too. After the long and cold winter, it is nice to welcome in spring. Being able to get outdoors a little more and enjoy time together as a family can be so lovely, but only lovely if you are all feeling well. With winter out of the way, it is nice to be able to say goodbye to bugs and germs so that you can really enjoy the season and all that if has to offer. With school breaks, Easter, and other fun things, it is a time where you want to make sure that you are healthy and well.
If any of you are fighting off bugs or colds at the moment, then here are some tips to help you to have a happy and healthy family as we step into spring. Is there anything else that you would add to the list?
Deal with Hayfever or Pollen
Although spring isn’t the main time for hayfever (we all know summertime is the main culprit) when the flowers start to sprout then they can cause some problems for those with a pollen or hayfever sensitivity. If this does effect you, then itchy eyes, a runny nose, and even difficulty with breathing could be an issue. This kind of thing can change year on year and you may kind that some years you may be effected and other years not so much. So if you or your children are impacted this spring when you haven’t been before, then it could be a good idea to look for your asthma reliever online, just to speed things up. You can also get medication and antihistamines for hayfever symptoms.
Unless you have ever suffered from dehydration, you won’t know the devastating impact that being dehydrated can have on your health. And as temperatures begin to rise, you will sweat more and need more water in your body. Staying hydrated means drinking plenty of water each day and more as you exercise. Carrying a water bottle around with you is a good habit that children get into when they are at school and something that should be done all of the time. It can also be a good idea to reduce alcohol intake if you are looking to make sure that you are staying as hydrated as possible in the spring sunshine.
There are plenty of foods that your body will be craving at this time of year too. Foods like cucumbers, spinach, strawberries, iceberg lettuce, and watermelon are foods that contain a lot of water. In spring in the UK, the foods that are in season are fruit and vegetables like apple, asparagus, cabbage, cucumber and lettuce. These obviously change as the season progresses.
Reduce Sugar Intake
If you are beginning to feel unwell, then junk food can be what you crave as you look for comfort. But when you are feeling unwell, these kinds of foods that are high in sugar can actually leave you feeling worse. The reason being is that bacteria and viruses thrive on sugar as it is their only source of energy. So consuming lots of sweet snacks when you’re sick can often make you feel worse. Too many foods that are high in fat and sugar can also have an impact on your wellbeing overall, but especially on things like your gut health too. So limiting the sugar that you have and that all of your family has is an important thing to do to stay well. There are plenty of healthier alternatives that your children will still enjoy. Look to have a diet that is full of fruits, vegetables, less salt, less added sugar, and foods low in saturated fat.
A Baz Luhrmann has said if I was to offer you one piece of advice for the future it would be to wear sunscreen. Even when the weather is cloudy and cool, you can still get damaged by the sun. Sunscreen is really important, but there are other ways that we can protect ourselves like wearing hats, sunglasses and again keeping hydrated in the sun.
Getting exercise in as part of your normal day is really important for everyone, no matter what age you are. It can help with weight maintenance, but there is also an important side to exercise that we can often forget about, how good it makes us feel. Our bodies release happy hormones when we exercise, and being happier is always a good thing, no matter what time of year it is. Our mental health is also an important part of exercise, as it an be a such a release for our mind, as well as a stress reliever. Aiming for at least thirty minutes of exercise a day is good thing to aim for. But when you’ve got the kids around, you can all do things together. Walks, jogging, playing in the park, or all signing up to do something like a parkrun could be fun too. Just make sure that you are doing something that you enjoy, and then you are much more likely to stick to it.
Regular Check Ups
How many times have you got a letter through from your doctor or dentist for you to attend a particular screening or checkup, and you just have been to attend? From a standard dentist check up to something like a cervical screening, these appointments can be so important. So as we enter spring, make sure that you and your family are getting your appointments in and making those checkups to ensure that you are staying healthy and well.
Update Your Home Space
It is likely you’ve spent quite a bit of time indoors over the winter, so now can be the time for a change. Spring cleaning breathes new life into your home and keep things fresh, so setting aside some time over a couple weekends to clean and refresh your space is a great idea. Clearing the clutter can be good too, so that you start your spring off light and fresh. If you’re really feeling into the decluttering and updating things, then how about moving furniture around or even applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls. It can help your home to feel and look as good as new.
Have you got any other things that you would add to the list? It would be great to hear what you think.