Spring into action! How to manage the seasonal changes.

Spring into action! How to manage the seasonal changes.

Author -  Healtheries

Raise your hand if you love Spring. If so, you’re not alone: the longer days, warmer weather, blooming bulbs, and blossoms on every tree bring a smile to many Kiwi faces

But while the temperatures may be rising again, not everyone is a fan – and the season isn’t without its share of wellbeing watch-outs. Here are three of the most common issues, and how to manage them to help keep yourself feeling great this Spring.   

Eating for energy 

Over Winter, it’s not unusual to end up eating more comfort food than you’d like, and spend most of your time indoors where it’s warm and dry. Once Spring arrives, though, it’s time to get more active outside again – and that means ensuring you’re eating to support your energy levels. 

Factors to think about include:          

  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet: that means a wide range of fruits and vegetables, plus whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats. That helps to ensure you get a good intake of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other important nutrients to help maintain your overall wellbeing and energy.          
  • Eating seasonally: the more time that passes between the point a fruit or vegetable is picked and the point you eat it, the less nutritious it becomes. So locally grown, in-season produce is generally better for you than imported food that’s travelled thousands of kilometres to get to you. As a bonus, it’s cheaper and better for the environment too. Find out what’s in season right now here.
  • Topping up your nutrient intake with a multivitamin: while, in theory, you can get all the nutrients you need from a perfect diet, most of our diets just aren’t that perfect. The Healtheries multivitamin range is designed as “nutritional insurance” to help you top up your intake when your body needs a little extra support.   

Hay fever and seasonal allergies 

While some people find the sudden explosion of colour as everything bursts into bloom romantic, for others, it’s a source of intense misery. Seasonal allergies happen when your immune system misidentifies pollen (or other airborne allergens) as a threat, and then takes steps to neutralise that threat. This causes the red, itchy eyes; streaming sinuses and frequent sneezing that characterise hay fever. 

To support your body during hay fever season, experts recommend:

  • Avoiding open grassy areas, especially on windy days.         
  • Being aware of the pollen count, and staying indoors when it’s high.          
  • Keeping your windows closed during these times, and using a pollen filter in your car.   

Daylight savings finishing 

Most of us need to allow our body clocks to adjust when we lose an hour as Daylight Savings finishes. However, the time change seems to hit some of us harder than other. This is actually biological. It’s based in areas of your brain that help your body to recognise time passing, and that control daily cycles like sleep, temperature and hormone release. 

While your body clock’s ability to tell time is partly in-built, it also relies on external changes in light for clues about what should happen when. 

The good news is that this means you can use light to help your body clock adjust more smoothly. For example, you can:          

  • Switch on bright lights as soon as you get up to help you to wake up more quickly, and increase alertness.          
  • Dim the lights around you an hour or so before you want to go to bed to help you fall asleep more easily.          
  • Make sure you get outside into natural light at some point during the day to help your body clock reset.     

Of course, Spring comes with a wealth of positives too. As the weather gets warmer, we can spend more time outside (and shed a few layers of clothes while we’re at it). And with all the blossoming flowers, it’s easier to take time out to “stop and smell the roses”. But if Spring isn’t your favourite time of year, these recommendations may help you to enjoy the season more. 

Try them, and let us know how you go. 

[1] https://www.southerncross.co.nz/group/medical-library/hay-fever-allergic-rhinitis 

 [2] http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11716800