10 ways to feel amazing this spring
Look and feel great this season
Spring is in the air, the days are getting longer and everywhere is looking more beautiful. However, if you're facing this transitional season without a spring in your step, don't fret. Here are our top 10 ways you can feel amazing this spring.
Feel amazing this spring, tip 1: Get in shape
With the last dregs of winter fading, spring is the perfect time to start getting ready for the sunnier weather just around the corner. Many of us leave getting fit to the summer then face a last-minute panic at the thought of squeezing into a swimsuit. This year, stay ahead of the pack and start getting in shape now by establishing a regular exercise routine. The good news is, not only will exercise make you look better; it will make you feel great too.
Feel amazing this spring, tip 2: Get outdoors
With the weather warming up, spring is also a great time to get outdoors and get some much-needed fresh air and vitamin D. After being cooped up all winter, your skin will be desperate for a bit of sunlight, so ditch that sofa/coffee shop/exercise class and get outdoors for a walk or run. With the mornings getting ever lighter, you could even try squeezing in an early morning run, walk or bike ride to work, which will save you money on the gym and bus fare too.
Feel amazing this spring, tip 3: Change your look
The changing season also calls for a changing wardrobe and makeup kit, so take the opportunity to experiment with a new look and begin the season looking and feeling fantastic. Freshen up your look by switching to softer, more natural makeup shades, lightening up your skincare (replacing thick creams with lighter lotions) and swapping your heavy winter coat for some lighter, brighter layers.
Feel amazing this spring, tip 4: Eat seasonal
If you've had enough of starchy carbs and warming casseroles, luckily spring brings with it a whole host of healthy, seasonal foods you can introduce into your diet. Boost your health this spring by stocking up on seasonal asparagus (high in antioxidant glutathione and prebiotic inulin); radish (rich in folate and potassium) and sardines (packed with brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids).
Feel amazing this spring, tip 5: Be sociable
With the approach of longer daylight hours, spring is a great time to prise yourself off the sofa, say goodbye to your friends on the box, and get out and have fun with the real thing. While you don't have to spend all your time outdoors, you could consider joining a class, going for a nice meal with friends, or having a dinner party instead. Winter evenings are great for lounging around by the fire, but longer spring evenings are there to be made the most of.
Feel amazing this spring, tip 6: Get pampered
With warmer weather and more revealing clothes coming our way, spring is a great time to get your winter skin glowing and ready to be revealed. Head to a spa or turn your bathroom into your very own sanctuary and indulge in a little pampering, starting with a good body scrub to remove dead skin cells and get your skin glowing. To really treat yourself, book yourself a pedicure and foot massage to get your tootsies in tip-top condition too.
Feel amazing this spring, tip 7: Stay hydrated
As the temperature rises (albeit slightly) our activity levels often follow suit, and this can mean we need to increase our fluid levels to stay hydrated and energised. Dehydration can affect our mood as well as our health, so try to sip water throughout the day to stay feeling great. As an added bonus, water is great for keeping our skin clear and supple and preventing bloating, so upping your water levels will also help get your skin and body in shape for when summer arrives.
Feel amazing this spring, tip 8: Have a spring clean
Spring cleaning - as the name suggests - is a ritual of this time of year and, while a full on spring clean may sound daunting, it is actually extremely therapeutic to clear out your clutter. Make a start this spring by throwing away old winter clothes you won't wear again, stodgy foods you know you shouldn't be eating, and anything that's been collecting dust this winter - you'll be surprised how good it makes you feel!
Feel amazing this spring, tip 9: Take a break
If you're experiencing itchy feet and your summer holiday still feels too far away, spring is the perfect time to book a weekend break. Getting a change of scenery is great for improving your mood and, with the milder weather, blossoming of nature and picturesque qualities of spring, there couldn't be a better time to pack your overnight case and explore some scenic locations close to home.
Feel amazing this spring, tip 10: Set some goals
There is something about the feel of spring in the air that makes many of us feel more motivated and positive as the dreary weather starts to fade. Consequently, the start of the new season is a great time to set some health and lifestyle goals. If there's anything you have been meaning to do for a while - be it starting a class, taking up a new hobby or learning to cook - now is the time to do it. Set your goal, make a plan, and commit to making your dream a reality this spring.