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Health Tip Recap #10 - March 2024

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March 2024 saw the finale of a chilly winter, amid signs of a softer, warmer season developing. This batch of health tips weaves its way through our precious hours before concluding with methods for helping make powerful pollen and other environs a little less miserable. All of these ideas and suggestions are meant to support a sharpening of focus on a natural wellness that promotes happiness and productivity.

Habits for Healthier Sleep

Consistency Try going to bed at the same time each night and getting up at the same time each morning, including weekends.

Silence  Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, calming, and at a comfortable temperature.

Tech-Free  Remove or turn off electronic devices, such as televisions, computers, and smartphones.

Eat and Drink Earlier Avoid large meals and sugary or caffeinated beverages just prior to bedtime. Give yourself at least two hours for digestion.

Move More  Strive to exercise. Being physically active throughout the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night and may encourage better rest.

Maximize the Morning

Meditate – Taking at least 5 minutes after you wake up to calm and center yourself through meditation or stretching can help set the tone for the remainder of your day.

Walk, Jog or Ride – Going on a brisk walk, a light jog, or taking a ride in the morning can allow your mind and body to mentally adjust to the day ahead and the tasks that require tending.

Stay Screenless – It’s important before bed and in the morning. Try to stay screenless for as long as you can after you get up, even if it’s just for 20 minutes. You’ll have tons of time to look at screens later on.

Light Reading – Whether it’s in a book or a physical magazine, doing some morning reading can gently stimulate the brain and prepare you for making new decisions.

Have Breakfast – Enjoying a nutritious and tasty meal at the beginning of your day can promote productivity and inspire quality eating for your next few meals.

Write it Out – Penning your thoughts and plans for the day ahead is not only meditative in its own right but may lead to completing even more tasks on multiple days of the week.

Keeping Your Day Bright

Sunning – One way to keep your day bright is to let in the sunlight. A good source of Vitamin D comes from the sun. Opening up or being near windows throughout the hours can boost your mood and productivity levels.

Hydrating – Indeed, coffee can prompt us to get our day started and churning forward, but regular glasses of water, without the extra ingredients, also help keep us hydrated and energetic.

Eating – This can be difficult to do depending on your workload or task list. However, it’s important to make sure we not only have breakfast in the morning and plan for a nutritious lunch around midday. Having such meals may assist with weight management and concentration.

Engaging – Whether it’s during a meeting or over lunch, chatting with colleagues or friends during the day can be relaxing and support brain health.

Walking or Riding – You can use your lunch break or just a quick pause at some point to go for a stroll or ride nearby. This can help with managing stress levels and provide a pleasant boost to finish the day off right.

Offsetting Spring Allergies

  • Check your local TV or radio station, your local newspaper, or the internet for pollen forecasts and current pollen levels.
  • Try staying indoors on dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.
  • During days with high pollen counts, avoid lawn mowing, weed pulling and other gardening chores that stir up allergens.
  • Remove clothing worn outside for extended periods and shower to rinse pollen from skin and hair.
  • Don't hang laundry outside as pollen may stick to sheets and towels.
  • Close doors and windows at night if possible or any other time when pollen counts are extreme.

This concludes another inspiring edition of Health Tip Recap. If you have some time to spare, be sure to glide right over to our January 2024 and February 2024 recaps that are bound to delight.

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