Cleaning is a proven stress-reliever. Our brains register clutter and messes as sources of stress. Make a list of areas in your home that could benefit from a little spring spruce up (or find a list online to get your started). Tackle one job at a time, cross it off your list and move on to the next one. The added bonus is that cleaning is a great way to get movement in without even realizing it!Play in the Dirt
Gardening is a fun way to get outside for fresh air and movement. Whether you grow a small pot of herbs or a large backyard garden, the outcome will likely be good for your body and mind! From prepping to planting to watering to harvesting, the process will have you moving every step of the way! Gardening can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety by helping your mind focus on a goal. It is rewarding to see your plants grow and thrive! When you invest time and energy into growing your own vegetables you are more likely to eat and enjoy them.
Even mild dehydration can impair energy levels and mood and lead to major reductions in memory and brain performance. When you are fully hydrated you can think faster, feel less fatigued, and even have reduced stress! Start carrying a reusable water bottle with you and set a daily water intake goal.Schedule Preventative Screenings
Spring is the perfect time to give your health a tune-up! Do not let your health get pushed to the bottom of your “to do” list. Use the MyHealthFinder tool to see personalized health recommendations and call schedule your annual preventative care appointment today!
Spending time in nature can help relieve stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and boost feelings of happiness. Fresh air and natural sunlight increase relaxation signals in our bodies by lowering blood pressure and decreasing the stress hormone, cortisol. Get outside to rejuvenate your mind and lower your stress. Exposure to natural sunlight gives you a boost of vitamin D, which supports a healthy immune system. Just remember to enjoy the sun without burning.Unplug
Unplug to recharge. A growing body of evidence links screen time to increased stress, anxiety, and depression. The benefits of reducing screen time include improved mood, better sleep, and more time for other activities. Determine how much time you spend in front of a screen and identify what is necessary and what could be slimmed down.