With the weather warming up, Spring is the time we shake off our cosy winter hibernation and get ready for the social summer months. Here’re a few tips that can help put a new spring in your step.

Schedule in downtime

With stress and burnout on the rise globally, it’s important to cut ourselves some slack from time to time with permission to smell the proverbial flowers. Take a day – or even an afternoon – off and lie in the park or blow bubbles with your kids. If that sounds totally unachievable, even a quiet 20 minutes on the couch with a cup of tea and a good book can work wonders for our frazzled minds and busy bodies.

Download a meditation app

Another great way to recharge that’s easy to fit into even the busiest schedule and can be done in as little as five to ten minutes a day is meditation. With many studies now backing up the physical and mental health benefits, it’s worth checking out one of the many great free meditation apps available, such as Headspace or The Mindfulness App.

Supercharge your diet

We all know that including more plant foods in our diet has many health benefits. Take advantage of spring’s bounty of seasonal produce, including artichokes (full of iron, potassium and fibre and great for liver health); peas (full of heart-healthy minerals) and spinach (iron-rich and loaded with antioxidants). Don’t forget the springtime fruits: strawberries are a spring star packed with Vitamin C, as are grapefruits, which are also rich in Vitamin A.

Loose the booze

For many people, the festive summer season is a notorious time of excess. That’s why spring is a great time to give your liver a rest and perhaps check in with yourself about your drinking habits. Hello Sunday Morning is an excellent motivational tool for those looking to reassess their relationship with alcohol.

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