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Aim to sleep 7-9 hours a night. It is recommended to keep your bedroom as dark and quiet as possible to ensure a full night’s sleep. Try setting up a bedtime routine to help your body develop a schedule. It will be easier if you keep the schedule during the weekends as well – waking up at the same time and going to sleep at the same time.
Set A Healthy Habit Alarm
Alarms can be used as tools to remind you to adopt healthier habits. Use it to set up your bedtime routine, to drink more water, to eat a healthy meal, or to exercise.
Find Excuses to Be Outside
As the weather gets nicer, there are more ways to move! Try to walk at least 10,000 steps a day, whether it is with friends, a walk to grab a coffee, or doing chores. Just being outside in the sunlight can improve your mood and health!
Eat In-Season Produce
Spring is a great time to add fruits and vegetables to your diet. 4.5 servings of fruits and vegetables are recommended each day by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Try adding fruits and vegetables that are in season during the spring: cherries, raspberries, nectarines, plums, artichokes, cucumbers, kale, peas, peppers, squash, and tomatoes.
Get Ahead of Spring Allergies
Use this time to avoid incoming allergies. Change air filters more frequently to reduce pollen entering the home, and keep windows closed as much as possible. Washing your bedding more often, as well as showering off any pollen that could have stuck to your hair will help you as well. Make sure to remove shoes when entering your home and change out of clothes that may have pollen on them.
Protect Your Skin
Applying sunscreen daily is a healthy recommendation that people often ignore. Use sunscreen with the highest SPF and reapply often. Take advantage of the spring sunlight, but don’t neglect your skin. Other ways to protect your skin include wearing long sleeves, brimmed hats, and sunglasses.