Stepping Into Spring
Would you believe that the winter blues are scientifically proven to exist? The actual medical term for this is seasonal affective disorder, appropriately known as SAD. Dr. Mark Servis at UC Davis says anywhere from 2 to 5 percent of the United States population experiences the winter blues. This means that between 6,490,839 and 16,227,096 Americans show SAD symptoms each year. Luckily, spring will be among us in no time! For those of us who felt the chilly gloom of winter, or for anyone else who wants to focus on radiating positivity this spring, here are five absolutely free must haves you won’t want to step into spring without.
Daylight savings is Sunday, March 12 this year, and we all can look forward to that extra hour of sunlight. For nearly four months now, the overly eager night has forced us indoors before the work day even ends. So, do not let those rays of sunshine go to waste. Even if your body is exhausted after a long day, channel your inner ambition as a source of energy to get a breath of fresh air. Complete an outdoor workout, walk the dog, or play outside with the kids. Any outdoor hobbies? Pick back up where you left off last fall. The television might still seem tempting, but an ambitious soul can lead to a healthy heart!
It’s still early in 2017, so do not get stuck into the mindset that it’s too late to start what you resolved to accomplish this year. By the end of January, only 58 percent of those who made New Year’s resolutions stayed true to their promise to themselves. Last year, only 9 percent of Americans believed they successful achieved their resolution. Don’t let this spring pass you by with more empty words. Repurpose your goals and desires, whether they are financial, health related, family related, or work related. While having a purpose, you’ll be surprised where your mind will take you.
Sense of Humor
If you’re not aware April 1st is April Fool’s Day, welcome to the United States. Living a positive lifestyle means, greatly, having the ability to smile and laugh, especially at yourself. The beginning of the year is a difficult time for a lot of people, but that’s just the thing, you’re not the only one. The power of laughter is proven to relieve stress, so take a break from all the seriousness of adulthood and decompress with a bright smile and snort-worthy laugh!
Spring cleaning does not just have to be for the house and yard. Put yourself first this spring and cleanse your mind, body, and spirit. If there are people in your life who inflict more negativity than spread positivity, let them go. If fatigue slows you down daily, try eliminating toxins from your diet and brighten up your plate with colorful veggies and protein. Cleanse yourself of unnecessary obligations. If you would prefer to stay home on a Friday, do it! Do more of what makes you happy and find peace in that.
Seize the day. Deviate from the routine. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind, but there is so much life waiting to be explored, and you’re missing out! There are hiking and walking trails accessible all over, small, unheard of towns with the best ice cream, and cities filled with hidden pockets of gems. Unless you allow yourself to adventure, you’ll never know what you’re missing out on. Just know, you’re missing out. You don’t need a plan, you just need to begin, and what better day to do so than today?