The change of seasons, even though it can be somewhat uneventful if you approach it as such, can be invigorating if you embrace the change and make it count. Many people thrive on change while others look upon and anticipate change as a crisis. But most people can appreciate the shift from winter to spring, which represents renewal and growth, particularly in nature. However, there’s often an underlying threat with the onset of spring. One is allergies thanks to all the buds on the trees and the early pollination that begins the minute there’s a break in the cold weather. Another is elevated high blood pressure and the risk of other potential illnesses and disease. The reason is because the change of season instigates a certain vulnerability of our systems that poses even more of a threat if we exist and function in a perpetual state of stress and anxiety. It leaves little energy for coping with the change, even though you may not view it as an assault to your equilibrium.
It’s important to maintain a sense of calm during seasonal and other changes. Consider these tactics:
- Eat to live. Living to eat is a common, but dangerous approach. Often, we look for comfort in the snack cabinet and life rafts in the refrigerator. But why would you attempt to keep your boat afloat with a paper towel? You need something heftier. Maintaining a healthy body is all about nutrition and exercise. Eat food for the purpose of nurturing yourself mentally and nourishing your cells with clean, green, lean foods.
- Exercising mindfulness. That is, mindfulness while exercising. Running is great, but during this seasonal shift, brisk walking is better for both mind and body. Slowing down, if possible, gives the body a chance to rest and recuperate both before and during the change so illness and disorders are less likely to affect your sense of balance. Consider the need to preserve the energy necessary to remain healthy during this time.
- Keep your eye on your goals. Although it’s common for your creative engine to rev up at the onset of spring, you may have sub-systems at work that drag you down if you rev up too quickly and haphazardly. Now is not the time to jump into situations that could end up faulty later. Think before you act. Keep a cool head and practice deep breathing and anger management.
If your main issue with the spring is the tickle in your nose and throat, the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology suggests the following ways to keep your suffering to a minimum.
- Monitor pollen and mold counts. Weather reports in newspapers and on radio and television often include this information during allergy seasons.
- Keep windows and doors shut at home and in your car during allergy season.
- Stay inside midday and during the afternoon, when pollen counts are highest.
- Take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes after you’ve been working or playing outdoors.
- Wear a NIOSH-rated 95 filter mask when mowing the lawn or doing other chores outdoors, and take appropriate medication beforehand.