We are kind of in the phase of closing the door to winter and peeking in the door of spring. You still have those days where you can step outside in winter boots and maybe a hoodie and not be shunned. You can break the some of the rules, but there are some things that you DON’T do in April, well spring for that matter.
DO: Throw away all clothes that you’ve been wearing for the last five years
We all have that one sweater we once got for Christmas that was really ugly, but extremely comfortable so we wore it at any given advantage. Some of us may have even given it a designated day of the week to wear it. The best way to get rid of something you don’t need is to give it to someone who does, or make better use of it.
Here’s five ways to make better use of your old clothes:
- Donate it to a salvation army
- Give to smaller family member
- Sell online
- Upcycle to make look like new
- Sow into another form of use (i.e. Blanket/quilt, scarf, belt, hair bun, etc)
DON’T: Sleep in all day
The worst thing you could do is miss out on a good opportunity to get some Vitamin D and refreshing air. Get out of the house and be active!
- Go for a walk in the park
- Run a 5k
- Ride a bike
- Plan a picnic with friends
- Do Yoga
- Go fishing
DO: Dust, Clean, Replace
My favorite part about spring is seeing how many things that I have accumulated over my hibernation in the winter time. During colder times, I do tend to not care about what needs to be dusted or cleaned; I’m much more focused on disinfecting my house for the flu.
Now that the spring is in, try to clean out closets, pantries, and behind hidden spots that critters could possibly get into. It is also important that you dust all cabinets and furniture to prevent a buildup of pollen and debris. Doing so can help prevent outbreaks of allergies.
DON’T: Waste money on Antihistamines
Nowadays, it is expected to see commercials and advertisements about Claritin, ZYRTEC, Flonase, Alle etc everywhere you go. These companies will portray images of someone running through intense levels of pollen, or flowers, like they just got released from a prison. Some are effective, but who really wants to keep buying allergy meds when you can make them for free in the comfort of your own home?
Here are some natural remedies:
Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV has been used as a remedy for a long time. It can be used it to wash hair, preserve food, skin skin, etc. ACV can help with allergy relief to reduce the buildup of mucous, and boost metabolism. This way, you can breath and be more energized on a beautiful day!
A 16oz bottle of the brand Bragg can be purchased at most grocery stores for no more than 5-6 dollars.
Quercetin is an antioxidant found in apples, peppers, leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, etc. They can
be taken as supplements, or just by eating more quercetin- rich foods. Quercetin is proven to reduce the inflammation of the respiratory system.
Nettle Leaf is a natural remedy that helps your body block the production of histamines. Can be taken in the form of supplements or in a tea bag. It is also beneficial to the skin, bones, and bladder.
Vitamin C is one the most common antihistamine in the book of allergy remedies. It is good for stuffy noses and getting rid of that “under the weather ” feeling. It is found in most fruits and veggies. You can take pills for them as well.
DO: Prepare for weather
Each state and/or region has their own climate for every season, but the most common forecast for the springtime is tropical weather. I always go to the extremes when it comes to weather. “Because of the weather being so unpredictable, you may be unprepared when severe weather hits- particularly if you live in a region that does not often experience thunderstorms, tornadoes, or flooding.”- http://www.cdc.gov/features/springweather/
Here’s a list of things you may need:
- A battery-powered flashlight
- Emergency evacuation plan
- List of important personal information
- First Aid Kit
- 3-5 day supply of bottled and nonperishable food
- Blankets and/or sleeping bags
- Battery-powered radio
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