Remember it’s Spring forward to Daylight Savings Time
Most of the United States will change to Daylight Savings Time on Sunday March 11, 2018.
So you will either be going to bed an hour later than usual, or awakening an hour earlier.
Either way, your body will tell the difference until your sleep cycle adjusts; I know mine always does. WebMD offers these tips to make the change easier.
If getting a good night’s sleep is a persistent problem for you, check out the information I shared in this post.
We welcome the first day of Spring, March 20, in the northern hemisphere, with the occurrence of the vernal equinox.
This link to The Weather Channel explains what the vernal equinox means.
With more hours of sunlight and warmer weather you may spend more time outdoors.While that may mean greater fitness from the physical activity, you will be at risk of several outdoor injuries. Be proactive and prevent warm weather ailments with these tips.
Protect yourself against mosquitoes and other insects.
Protect your skin with sunscreen while you’re outside.
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Protecting your feet.
Whether walking, jogging, gardening, or sports, our feet can take a beating from outdoor activity.
You probably don’t worry much about blisters- until you get one. Then the pain can inhibit walking, or even wearing a shoe.
At worst, blisters can become chronic wounds, get infected, and threaten limbs in susceptible persons like those with diabetes or poor blood flow.
Ways to prevent blisters include-
- Proper fitting shoes, not too tight or too loose
- Breaking shoes in before activity likely to cause a blister, like running, dancing, long walks, sports
- Wearing absorbent cushioned socks, perhaps 2 pair together
- Applying protective padding over pressure points on the feet. Even plain paper tape can accomplish this, according to this study published in the New York Times.
What to do about seasonal allergies
Often called “hay fever”, allergic rhinitis doesn’t cause a fever but it can make us miserable with its characteristic symptoms-
- runny nose, sneezing, congestion
- scratchy, itchy, or tickly throat
- ear itching and pressure
- watery, itchy, red eyes
Even those people who have these symptoms year round may have seasonal exacerbations, usually spring and fall.
Here is information about allergy management from the American College of Allergy to discuss with your doctor.
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