Spring has very much sprung across Aotearoa; a time of rebirth, rejuvenation, new beginnings and growth. The word spring itself means “to rise, to leap, and to move.” Spring is bursting with so many amazing things, so we've put together a list of the reasons we love spring to celebrate the season.
Soaking up Sunshine.
With the increase in temperature, and the longer days, we are likely to soak up more of the sunshine. There are so many benefits to more sunshine. The sunlight helps our body to produce vitamin D, which is important for the absorption of calcium, vital for bone health. Vitamin D is also important in the function of our immune system.
Exposure to sunlight helps your brain and body to produce more serotonin. This chemical is nicknamed the happy hormone as it boosts our mood and can improve our mental wellbeing. Just don’t forget to apply your SPF sunscreen every morning!
Feeling more Energised.
With longer days, our brain will not produce as much melatonin. Melatonin is the hormone responsible for making us feel sleepy and is produced when there is a decrease in sunlight. Exposure to more sunlight will keep us feeling energised, both on a physical and cognitive level.
Seasonal Produce is Ready to Eat.
Many fruits and veggies stay dormant during the winter months and bloom once spring arrives. Enjoy fresh peaches or avocados as the weather warms up! If you have your own veggie garden, you will notice some sprouting goodies!
Spring is the time of year lambs are born. You may notice ducklings waddle through your neighbourhood park. Animals often reproduce at this time of year, as there is an abundance of food.
During the winter months, many want to nestle in their homes and stay cosy. But as the temperatures warm, we will want to venture outside to stretch and move our bodies. Go for a walk with a friend or run along your local beach. Whatever you choose, you will enjoy the fresh air and being amongst nature.
Flowers often hide away during winter to conserve their energy. But with more sunlight and warmth, you will notice lots of colourful flowers bloom. If you’re in New Zealand, you may notice the bright yellow flower buds of the kowhai trees blossom to life. The colour yellow may boost your mood! If you have hay fever, don’t forget to take your daily antihistamines to avoid sneezing from all the pollen in the air!
Enjoy an Iced Coffee.
With the warmer weather, iced coffee is a seasonally appropriate and delicious way to start the day.
With the warmer weather, you may feel more motivated to declutter, and tidy your home. This is a great way to transform your space, giving you a fresh start.
Spring is a great time to get moving, open our windows, and enjoy the outdoors. We can’t wait for the barbeques and the slow sunsets with close friends and family.
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