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Spring fresh

Righto guys. It’s nearly spring. And according to the weather, it actually IS spring.

I love this time of year – crispy mornings, bright warm days, and crispy evenings. Gorgeous.

spring fresh

over our back fence

With the warmer weather, though, I’m starting to see more and more posts, articles and comments about ‘getting ready’ for summer. People prepping for having flesh on show. Which I get. But also, I want to calm this down a bit. Allow me to soap-box…

Let’s get something straight: you, my dear friends reading this, are gorgeous.

You’re lovely. You’re beautiful! You can wear what you want.

In my opinion (personal and professional), the most important thing – regardless of the season – is that you feel healthy, strong and full of beans. Because when you look after yourself, you feel good… and when you feel good, you’re comfortable in your own skin… and when you’re comfortable, well, you look your best.

True story.

So, instead of succumbing to fear and worry about bumps and bulges in the lead up to bikini season; take advantage of this beautiful change of season and let yourself enjoy the transition into warmer weather.

Here are some simple ideas on how you can make the best of it, each day:

  • Dive right into the delicious fresh fruit and veg that’s coming into season now (there are heaps of options – start here).
  • Drink water, regularly. Get in plenty of sips. Add a dash of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar if you’re game (does excellent things for digestion).
  • Enjoy herbal teas, including rooibos, lemongrass, peppermint and green tea. Hot or cold – over ice is a lovely treat when the weather’s warm.
  • Get moving. Every day. Even if it’s just a gentle stretch for 10 mins when you wake up, taking the stairs instead of the lift, or going for a stroll around the park after work.
  • Get some sunshine on your dial – enough for warm skin and rosy cheeks.
sunshine cannot be overrated

What simple things make you feel good?

Head. Cold.

I’m sick! How embarrassing.* Seriously. As someone who works in HEALTH, being sick seems … inappropriate. Particularly after crowing about my vitality and wellbeing to my family and friends. Let that be a lesson on the vulgarity of boasting! It also doesn’t help that I have been surrounded by the ill and infected over the past few weeks, with people sneezing in my face on more than one occasion.

Subsequently, I’m quarantined at home for a day or two – for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I don’t wish to inflict my lurgy on others. Secondly, rest is the best remedy. THE BEST. Although I strongly recommend herbal and nutritional immune support while sick, without adequate rest it will take much longer to recover. Honestly, convalescence is key.

Apart from lurking around the house in soft pants, I’ve also been doing the following:

  • Sitting outside in this glorious ‘winter’ sunshine we’ve been having in Sydney – letting the warmth sink right into my bones and topping up my Vitamin D levels in the process
  • Dosing up on a truly foul-tasting, but very effective, herbal tonic that will help to boost my immune system and blast away any persistent infection
  • Having regular spoonfuls of the winter ‘go to’: garlic oxymel
  • Taking a high dose of Zinc (in combo with Vitamin C) to, again, give my immune system an extra boost
  • Eating simply, keeping my fluids up, and making bright and pungent teas using such wonderful ingredients as those pictured below
TLG

Turmeric. Lemon. Ginger.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to blow my nose… in the sunshine.

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* After I posted this, Amanda – who I work with at Uclinic – made the valid point that it’s not embarrassing to be sick. In fact, it’s human and normal. True. Thanks for the reminder Amanda!

How to halve your stress

I’m guest posting over at Mouths of Mums again today.

Click through to read my three simple strategies for halving stress.

image via www.mouthsofmums.com.au

Found any of these helpful yourself? What are your strategies for stressing less?

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