Although our good friend Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, it won’t be long before we feel the effects of spring. Gentle breezes, more daylight, and warm rays of sun are few reasons to be excited about the weather changes occurring. But did you know, a woman’s body experiences changes during seasonal changes as well? Learn how to you can take care of your body’s needs and avoid fads that might complicate a positive adjustment to seasonal changes.
As the seasons change, air temperature and moisture levels can impact your skin. Too much humidity can create an excess of oil and sweat causing blocked pores and acne. If the air is too dry, the skin will dry and become sensitive, cracked, or irritated. Maintaining the balance of moisture absorption in your skin can be helped with the right skin care regimen, such as cleansers, exfoliators, and moisturizers. Using a humidifier or dehumidifier in your home can also work to balance the air quality.
Speaking of air quality, spring promises the beauty of flowers and greenery, yet with it comes the pollen and allergens. Difficulty breathing (shortness of breath), wheezing, blocked nasal passages can be result of allergens inflaming the lungs, nose and throat. Asthma is also complicated by allergens and the temperature changes of spring.
Although spring cleaning sounds like a tiring but effective way to put the blah’s of winter behind you, consider your allergen exposure and take appropriate measures. Apart from wearing a mask during cleaning, consider using damp cloths or mops to trap the dust.
Vacuum often and limit air-drying laundry if you are susceptible to environmental allergens. Check the air quality before going out and consult with your physician about any medications or resources that could help control the effects of pollen in your body.
As the seasons change, your body gains or depletes vitamins and minerals based on your activity. Many females experience a loss in Vitamin D throughout the winter months as they do not have enough exposure to sunlight or maintain a diet rich with foods containing Vitamin D.
Instead of hopping in a tanning bed and equating it to sunlight or spending hours under the harmful UV rays of the sun without protection and sunscreen, you can add Vitamin D fortified foods such as fatty fish like salmon and tuna, drink fortified milk and OJ, or take a supplement to replenish your body’s needs.
As the spring weather will bring more opportunities to be active and spend time outdoors, stay healthy and energized with a protein-rich diet and drink plenty of water. Many of the most nutrient-rich vegetables are also grown during the spring season, and you will want to take advantage of the supply and the great cost!
Many women are also motivated to lose weight during the spring, blaming multiple winter holidays and cold weather blues for the few extra pounds they may have put on. However, crash diets and insane amounts of exercise are not good for the body in your attempt to get it back on track. Slowly increasing your activity and monitoring your intake can help you achieve your healthy weight.
Other women may be looking to prep for swimsuit weather, but again- time, discipline, and patience (along with some sweat equity) are the only ways to achieve the body you are comfortable with. It’s not about the programs or processes others took or the look society expects; engage in a lifestyle of activity and healthy choices that make you confident and proud of the female you are. Extra daylight affords more opportunity to try yoga, running, aerobics, or another activity to encourage a healthy weight.
Rolling the clocks back or springing them forward can wreak havoc with your body’s internal clock and emotional response. Our bodies tend to prefer sleeping when it is dark, so having more light in the evening and longer darkness in the morning complicates our normal inclinations.
This internal out-of-whack response can also influence our emotional response, creating less than pleasant responses to our work or family concerns. Keeping your routine- or altering it-in order to get enough rest is still necessary despite what the sky is doing outside your windows.
Adapting to seasonal changes is a process. It will not happen overnight, no matter what the TV doctors or other celebrities tell you. Diet and exercise cannot be rushed, nor should it be infused with “fads” promoting better results. Sunlight is a great, when appropriate exposure and protection are in place.
Excessive sweating, fasting, strictly clean eating, herbal supplements (without consultation of a physician), bodybuilding, body sculpting treatments, and any other instant-result activity has the potential to do more harm than good if you are going to them as transitional priorities. Always consult your physician before getting involved with an activity that concerns your health.
As a female, your body and mind will experience changes that are seasonally related. Your body can benefit from the opportunities spring brings if you are aware of its needs and how to meet them. Your physician is a great resource for discussing changes you see or feel occurring; know that changes can be expected and they are equipped to understand them and help you adapt.