Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sring is Here

Winter is behind us according to the calendar but the cold weather is still with us according to the thermometer. What to do when it is still too cold to plant, play on the playground, or be outside for more than a few minutes each day? Get ready for warmer weather.

1. Continue to eat healthy and take those vitamins. The change in weather on a daily basis can cause a new influx of flu and cold bugs to invade. Spring colds and RSV season should be winding down, but we have still seen many kids hospitalized this past couple of weeks with the symptoms. Eating fruits and veggies, drinking plenty of water, and taking a daily vitamin means you are giving your body the best chance at staying healthy and avoiding an illness.

2. Wash your hands... often and after using the rest room, being in a public place, and after sneezing or coughing. Practicing good hand hygiene is the number one way to prevent the spread of germs.

3. As the sun comes out, try to get out in it at least 10-15 minutes per day. Dress for the temperature and take a quick walk or let the kids play outside for a few minutes to run around and burn off some energy. Everyone needs a few minutes of sunlight after a long winter and the sunshine will help you to absorb and metabilize your vitamins.

4. Organize and spring clean the inside of the house so you are ready to be outside when the temperatures stay more comfortable. Take a task a day and don't be overwhelmed but a clean drawer or closet will make you feel lighter and ready for the new season.

5. Gather new recipes for those spring and summer garden harvests. Winter meals are behind you and it is time to step out and try new things. The Internet and the library are two places to find the best new recipes for spring.

6. Evaluate your budget and your other goals for the new year. Four months into the year and you should be able to decide what is working and what isn't. Give some thought to what the next four months could bring by setting your new goals and getting a fresh start for spring.

7. Change your attitude. We all get down with the long winter months, so no matter what your circumstances, take spring as the time to perk up the attitude and look at the more positive side of what it is you are dealing with. This is very hard to do if you are dealing with a serious illness or a devastating financial situation but even a small change in attitude can make a big difference in your personal abundance. Think gratitude and making a conscious effort to smile and be positive.

8. Try journaling. Spring is a great time to begin a journal and to put your hopes, dreams, and ideas on paper.

Whatever new beginnings you experience this spring, may sunshine wrap you in warmth helping you to feel refreshed, renewed, and loved. For me, spring means Easter and the Resurrection and there is nothing more real and healing than that. Happy Spring!