IN Jamaica we don't necessarily speak of the seasons in the way other countries do. That is because, being in a tropical climate, we often do not have the clear-cut seasonal changes other climates experience. This doesn't mean, however, that these seasons don't exist in their own ways.
Now, as we go further into May we go further into the spring season, and MDLink wants to ensure you have the tools to navigate this season in the most beneficial, healthy ways possible.
The following are our recommended tips for a healthy spring:
1. Take advantage of more sunlight: One of the most identifiable changes we may notice when springtime approaches is that the sun rises earlier and sets later. More daylight can be an opportunity for countless changes to your daily routine. You may wake up earlier and give yourself more time to meditate or go for a relaxing walk. You may also have more sunlight after work to implement an outdoor exercise routine before it gets dark. Spending more time outside has great benefits for our physical and mental health, and more sunlight is the perfect time to experiment with this.
2. Let your diet change with the seasons: With spring comes the blossoming of many of our favourite fruit trees — mangoes, cherries, Otaheitie apples and so much more! Fruits are full of antioxidants and are great for detoxing. After all the yummy Christmas and Easter goodies, your body could benefit from the nutrients and detoxing advantages of this season's fruits.
3. Prioritise your rest: Spring may bring with it more sunlight as well as warmer temperatures but it is important that you still prioritise getting hours of sleep at night to ensure you are operating at your healthiest. If the earlier sunlight and warmer temperatures can potentially affect your sleep quality, consider getting thick curtains to block out the sun and wearing cool clothing, with a fan or air conditioner keeping your room at optimum temperatures for you to get undisturbed, deep rest.
4. Stay hydrated: As with every season, staying hydrated is crucial but it becomes even more important as the temperatures warm up. Drinking water throughout the day will allow you to feel more energised, help with digestion, cool you down, and your skin will also love you for it!
5. Check in with your doctor: The change of seasons may cause you to experience different reactions physically, and even mentally. Take advantage of telemedicine platforms such as MDLink to quickly and conveniently check in with your doctor as spring approaches. If you have severe seasonal allergies, asthma, or anything that may be triggered by more heat, pollen and other changes that come with spring, this would be a good time to get prescriptions from your doctor and get advice on any preventative measures that may help you stay healthy throughout this season.
6. Spring cleaning: "Spring cleaning" is a popular practice across the world but it is truly important for both your physical and mental health to clean up your spaces. This may mean throwing out any clutter in your home gathering dust, donating clothes that you don't need, and freshening up your home by doing things such as repainting and deep cleaning. However, decluttering your digital space — such as with social media (also known as a digital detox) — effectively planning your daily tasks, and other forms of minimising your daily to-do lists may also be extremely useful for your peace of mind as you go through this new season.
As flowers bloom and the weather changes spring often feels like a fresh start. Take advantage of this new season to take care of yourself and your surroundings. It's never too late to step into a new season in your life!
Dr Ché Bowen, a digital health entrepreneur and family physician, is the CEO & founder of MDLink, a digital health company that provides telemedicine options. Check out the company's website at www.theMDLink.com. You can also contact him at email@example.com.
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