There’s no mistaking it. Spring has definitely sprung.
The trees all around where we live have been a riot of colour these last few weeks, with beautiful pink blossom showcased perfectly against the clear blue skies we’ve had lately.
I absolutely love this time of year, when everything starts coming back to life and we all start to feel better after a long winter of colds and bugs. This year especially though it’s really important to keep taking good care of ourselves and make sure we all stay fit and well.
So here are 5 different things we can do to keep the whole family as healthy as possible this spring.
1. Get everyone moving
One of the best things we can do at any time of the year to stay healthy is make sure we’re moving our bodies regularly.
With the weather warming up spring is a great time to get out for a family walk to get some exercise and fresh air. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden with room to run around in then you could also pop out there each day for a play to get your bodies moving.
2. Maintain good sleep habits
With the days getting longer and the sun setting later on it can be tricky to get children to sleep at a decent time, but it’s really important to make sure everyone gets the sleep they need each night.
Try and keep to your normal bedtime routine, or introduce one now if you don’t already have one. Doing the same thing each night in the run up to bedtime helps us to wind down and then the activities themselves become prompts to subconsciously prepare us for sleep.
3. Protect against seasonal allergies
One of the biggest issues for a lot of people in spring is hayfever and other seasonal allergies.
There are a few different things you can try to protect you and your children, like putting some vaseline around your nostrils before you go out, to help stop pollen getting up your nose. It’s also a good idea to change your clothes, and even shower if you can, when you come back in the house after spending time outside.
If you’re really suffering then you can get a few different medicines from an online pharmacy to help ease your symptoms. You can get nasal sprays to help with a blocked nose, and throat sprays to sooth a sore throat, as well as antihistamines if you need them.
4. Eat in season
A varied, balanced diet is really important in keeping us all fit and healthy. One of the best ways to get the most goodness out of our food as possible is to eat more fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables.
In spring time this includes things like kiwi fruit, asparagus, rhubarb and spinach.
This is also a great time of year to look at your diet as a whole. If you’re not sure if your current diet is giving your body all the nutrients you need, then you can look into nutritional testing to find out what you might be lacking in.
Then you can make an informed decision on what changes you need to make to your diet, whether that’s trying a vegan diet or just eating a better range of foods.
5. Stay connected and build relationships
It’s not just our physical health we need to look after, we also need to take care of our mental health and emotional wellbeing.
A great way to do this is by building healthy relationships and staying connected with family and friends.
It’s been a really tough time lately for a lot of us not being able to go and visit loved ones, but there is so much amazing technology now that means we can still stay connected. Regular texts, phone calls, letters, and video calls can really help build and maintain these relationships, which in turn boosts our sense of wellbeing.
Hopefully these tips will help get you up and moving and giving your whole family’s heath a boost this spring.
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post