I may be rushing the season but we are mere days away from the official start of Spring, so even if you are suffering yet another arctic blast of chilly weather, bear in mind that we are thisclose to warmer temperatures, sunny days, flowers blossoming and all the outdoor fun that pleasant weather brings. As you turn your clocks ahead, now is the perfect time to spring forward in your pursuit of maximum health and decreased fibromyalgia symptoms.
Where to start? Here are five areas all set for some “spring cleaning.”
- Nutrition and Diet
Over the cold, dark winter months you may have slipped back into some unhealthy patterns, like overeating, eating too many carb-heavy starches or eating out of boredom. That’s normal as our impulse is often to hibernate through the cold months. Your weight may have inched up and with that an increase in fibro fog, headaches, irritability, stomach issues and general pain may have been the result.
Time to lighten up! Redouble your efforts to eliminate allergenic foods like gluten, dairy, soy and corn. Get back to realistic portion sizes and start enjoying more fresh salads, veggies and fruits as more varieties become available with the warmer growing season. Eat in tune with nature and enjoy seasonal spring treats like artichokes, asparagus and fava beans.
Whenever we change the clocks, our bodies sometimes need a few days to adjust. The good news is, many people find daylight saving in the Spring to facilitate better sleep. The sun comes up an hour later (according to the alarm clock) so the bright sunlight will not wake you as early. Remember to mind your sleep hygiene. There are tips for that in this post “What The Heck Is Sleep Hygiene?”
Another great feature of setting the clocks an hour ahead is that many of us will still have enough light after work to get in a walk or bike ride before dinner. Take your honey, a friend, or your pooch, and go for a stroll in nature where you can see the daffodils and tulips waking up from their winter slumber. Or, if you are fortunate enough to live in a warm weather area, simply take in the scenery in your neck of the woods.
4. Spring clean your psyche!
We celebrate lots of holidays during winter and these can create stress. Spring is a great time to reawaken your self-care practice, so crack open that new journal and go for it, or take 10 minutes today to listen to a guided meditation online (do a google search for “guided meditation”). If you haven’t learned EFT Tapping, google that and give it a try.
A fresh bath scented with lavender essential oils is very calming before bed or with mint or citrus oil in the morning to energize you. Spring is all about renewal, so make yourself a priority this season and you will see fibro symptoms melt away. Click here for more info on “3 Ways to Make Self Care A Priority.”
It may be time to clean house in more ways than just tidying the closets and mopping floors. Now is a great time to reassess friendships and other close relationships, at work and at home. If you are snagged up on some that do not feel nourishing, reflect on how you can reframe the situation and interact in a more healthy way. If that is not possible, you may have to consider “cleaning house” and dropping or reducing time spent in any relationships that feel toxic.
How can you use this time of year to renew your mind, body and spirit? Do you have any personal experience that you’d like to share or questions on this topic? Please share by leaving a comment below. We love to hear from you!