Spring Can Improve Your Overall Health

Improving MS and Enjoy Doing It

Spring is a couple of weeks away but really who would know it in certain parts of the country. Watching the news this morning, last day of February and I see how bitterly cold it is in the North Central part of the US with the large band of snow covering many states. They said this has been the coldest winter in many, many years with some records being broken for how cold it has been. Many of us in the South have also experienced the unusually cold temperatures and some states seeing snow for the first time in over a decade. I guess I don’t have to tell you how crazy all this has been, but with spring coming up it is like a “new beginning” feeling for many of us. Flowers start growing, everything starts to green, the sunshine is out more and longer than it has been over the long winter months and this is when we feel the need to start spring cleaning.

A reporter was speaking about how in winter, the risk of having a cardiovascular event is higher due to decreased exercise, eating higher calorie/carbohydrate meals (aka comfort foods), but also another factor I found interesting. The doctor speaking of all of this indicated that the sun or lack of sunlight upsets the body by decreasing the blood flow causing blood clots, making our hearts have to work harder, increases our blood pressure, causes arrhythmia, heart attacks, and also causes increased inflammation causing us more pain, disruption of sleep patterns,  and of course depression. The sun really does have healing affects on our body. That is why I want to encourage you to spring clean your body this spring. Make changes to eating healthier, becoming more active, get out into the sun early of the morning or late afternoon when it is safer and soak up some Vitamin D along with getting fresh air. Find hobbies that can be accomplished outside that can be enjoyed along with becoming healthier. It never fails to amaze me how much better I feel both physically and mentally getting out of the house and simply enjoying the newness of the season with the sun beaming down on me and a light breeze blowing through my hair, listening to the birds chirping, watching the squirrels playing, and hearing other voices besides the TV. Crank up the grill and enjoy good healthy prepared food and fresh vegetables while socializing with neighbors.

January may the first month of the year but it is spring when we can make those New Year resolutions start working. With all the positive changes that you can make I bet that you will find that your sleep at night will improve. Overall it is a win win, feeling better and also spending quality time with the family and friends. I sure hope that you are looking as forward to Spring as I am.

MS Blogger and Multiple Sclerosis Activist shares her journey living with MS, tips for others living MS and her husband, Steve, offers his insight as a caregiver for MS.