The time has finally come to say goodbye to the short, frigid days of winter and spring forward! The longer, lighter days of spring brings us the illusion of more time in which we have the opportunity to generate into productivity. Don’t be a couch potato—read on to see how you can make the most of those longer days and “spring forward” with the season.
Spend evenings out
Loosen that grip on Netflix. It may be a tough move to make, but I promise the whole cast of Friends will still be there next winter. If your freeze your account, it will encourage you to get out of the house after work. There are better things you could be doing! Call up the friends you’ve been ditching for your couch all winter and dine alfresco. Plant a garden in your backyard. Take your pup for a walk. If you don’t have a backyard or a furry friend, you can always go for a walk or jog in your neighborhood! Using these longer days to do a physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health—both physically and mentally.
Spring Forward and Get moving
With the sun still shining bright at 5 o’clock in the evening, there’s really no reason to not move after work, especially if you have an office job that keeps you sedentary all day. We all know the effects sitting down for eight hours straight can have on our bodies, and if you don’t, here’s a quick synopsis according to Business Insider:
- Back/neck pains
- Tight hips
- Vision problems
- Higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, and more
If you’re not a fan of the gym, the longer days make it possible to find other ways to get active. You can go to your local school to run up and downa set of stadium stairs, walk around your neighborhood, or go on a scenic hike or jog at the park. Not only will you be moving those joints and getting your heart rate up, but breathing in fresh air and soaking up Vitamin D has a lot more to offer you than you think.
Improve your mental health
Speaking of Vitamin D, did you know that it helps fight diseases, boost weight loss, and can reduce depression. With that in mind, it makes sense that The Huffington Post reports that spending time with nature is one of the best ways to relieve stress. “Just looking at a garden or trees or going for a walk, even if it’s in your own neighborhood, reduces stress,” said Seattle-based environmental psychologist Judith Heerwagon. This one’s a no-brainer—sunlight in nature leads to less stress = overall better mental health, and happier self.
Here at Cstudio Home, we’re all about getting a good night’s sleep, so this one is our personal favorite effect brought to us when we spring forward. According to Forbes, researchers have found that workers that are exposed to more sunlight during the day reported getting better sleep. According to researcher Dan Pardi who works with the Behavioral Sciences Department at Stanford University, the quality of your sleep depends heavily on hormones like melatonin and the synchronization of your “master clock”, which are impacted by your exposure to light. If you’re not getting enough exposure during the day, this could impact your body when you try to settle down at night.
“We’re not getting enough bright light exposure during the day, and then in the evening, we’re getting too much artificial light exposure. Both of those have the consequence of causing our rhythms to get out of sync,” Pardi says.
There you have it— all the reasons on why and how you should be taking advantage of the upcoming lighter and longer days. We’ve only got eight months left until we’ll have to turn our clocks back, so be sure to take full advantage!