I don’t know about you, but every year around this time I feel like I have finally hit a wall. A wall – when I realize I’ve been in a winter-hibernation-cycle. I’m tired and cold so I laze around and sleep too much, which in turn makes me more tired and lazy.
April is when the sun comes out, the birds start singing and local vegetables come back… as well as some of my healthy good habits:
Meditation can reduce stress, improve your outlook on life and reduce blood pressure. The traditional, crossed-leg silence may not be for you but just take the time to do nothing: maybe you have music, maybe you are journaling, maybe you’re lying in bed, but just take a couple minutes a day to go through all the thoughts bouncing around in your head.
Stretch from head to toe. I don’t know how to explain it any further. It will make you feel like a new person.
- Getting Just Enough Sleep
Get your butt into bed at a reasonable hour and don’t stay in there all day. As nice as it feels to hit the snooze button and roll over, I usually regret it later. Oversleeping always gives me a headache and a lethargic feel that I just can’t shake all day.
For me, 7 1/2 hours is just the ticket.
- Meal planning
Consider what is in season and plan out some new and healthy means. Getting excited about that intricate salad or roasted vegetable sandwich, may deter you from stopping and picking up a slice of pizza on your way home.
- Sleeping on the Ground
This is a bit of a weird one, but once in a while a good sleep on the ground seems to really whip my back into shape on a warm night. I’m not sure what it is…maybe this is a weird personal preference.
- Lemon Water
When you wake up in the morning your body has gone hours without water. Before anything else, get yourself into the habit of drinking up 1-2 glasses of water with lemon.
- High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
You might not be beating any of your personal records just yet, but HIIT workouts give you the best of both world. They get your heart rate up and going with allowing you short breaks to catch your breath.
- Outdoor Walks
This one seems pretty obvious. GET OUTSIDE AND GET SOME VITAMIN D!