Optimize Your Mind & Body This Spring
Spring is in the air! Flowers are blooming, days are getting longer and lush vegetation is beginning to appear. Now is the perfect time to actively prepare your mind and body for the warmer months and to make the most of this wonderful season. Enjoy three of my favorite tips below for optimizing your mind and body this spring:
1. Set Your Intention
Transitioning out of winter can feel rather challenging – this is normal. In winter we find ourselves in hibernation mode mimicking what is happening in the natural world around us. We tend to be less physically active – we sleep more, eat heavier foods, and generally slow down. With this change of lifestyle putting on extra pounds and losing muscle mass is not uncommon. Now, suddenly it’s spring and we feel out of alignment and sluggish. Take a few moments now to check in with yourself and get clear in terms of how you would like to feel in the coming months. Is it slimmer? Stronger? More sculpted? Set your intention and create an action plan for yourself to achieve your specific goals.
2. Eat Seasonally
The natural world is beautifully designed to give us everything we need to transition from one season into another. As you’ll notice, animals at this time of year are drawn to the vibrant green new growth that is coming up all around. Focus your attention in the coming weeks on the foods that you find most appealing – are you craving more salads, sprouts, or berries? Are you gravitating towards highly colorful foods? If so, you are on the right track. These foods have a cleansing effect on the mind and body and will help accelerate your shift into spring & summer mode.
3. Get Active
Moving your body at this time of year is extraordinarily important. It may mean going for a daily walk during lunch, hitting the gym more regularly, spending more time outdoors gardening or enjoying a hike. There is no faster way to help detox your body, engage your mind, and transition into spring than to become more physically active. Doing so will allow you to drop that extra winter weight and reinforce all of the benefits of eating seasonally. You will begin to feel stronger, healthier, and more focused within just a few weeks!
Here’s to an optimized mind & body this spring!
An Executive Health & Lifestyle Coach®, Sylvaine N. Hughson, is the Founder and Director of SNH – The Art & Science of Optimized Living®. As the Principal Coach and Consultant for SNH, Sylvaine works closely with high-level professionals, performance-driven groups, and Fortune 500 companies. She helps her clients unleash the power of optimized mindset, wellness & lifestyle to fuel their peak performance and accomplish their most important goals.
She is certified as a Corporate Wellness Consultant, Corporate Wellness Provider, Holistic Health Coach, Master Transformational Coach, Raw Living Foods Health Educator, FirstLine Therapy Lifestyle Educator, Professional Life Coach, Yoga Instructor, and Traditional Reiki Master.