Remember it’s Spring forward to Daylight Saving Time
Most of the United States changes to Daylight Saving Time on the second Sunday of March every year
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 in the northern hemisphere, with the occurrence of the vernal equinox which occurs around March 20 every year.
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.
insect bites and stings
Protect yourself against mosquitoes and other insects.
Protect your skin with sunscreen while you’re outside.
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blisters and other wounds
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.
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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
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.
exploring the HEART of health this spring
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