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Let’s Beat The Spring Fatigue!

Let’s Beat The Spring Fatigue! 
Hey peeps! I suppose the logical continuation should be ?Happy Spring? to ya?ll. But while you might have been all hyped up about the arrival of the new season, all ready to embrace the sunny days ? well,
I haven’t been that keen on the thought! For as long as I can remember, the seasonal changes have always had a negative impact on my body and mind. Over the last couple of days I?ve noticed that the process has begun, with me feeling exhausted and unmotivated pretty much all the time. Seriously, where has the hyperactive and cheerful me all gone?

First, I wanna clarify something: Spring Fever varies from one person to another. While you might be also feeling drained and moody all the time, others might feel irritable and restless with no ability to concentrate on their daily tasks. To fully understand the way I’m currently feeling – it’s like having a never-ending hangover: constant headaches, dizziness, and nausea. 

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Anyway, this year I?ve decided to protest against the annoying Spring Fever symptoms and reduce them while I still can. There is less than a week until the Daylight Saving Time ( = longer days = more light = all hormones gooooo crazeeeeey), which might make the situation even worst  ? so I’m all ready for some serious action! 
1. Movement: You know how much of a workout/healthy living lover I am ? so for me it’s pretty essential to keep up with my workout schedule no matter how unmotivated I might feel during the day. Sport livens up the senses while also naturally boosts the body’s serotonin levels: the hormone which fights depression and triggers happiness and smiles! 
So, I’ll stick to my 2/3 times Zumba + 2 Pilates classes a week workout schedule (the perfect combo of cardio + stretching/relaxation workouts). Aw, and before I forget – I know that people tend to underestimate Yoga and Pilates as good workouts, however, engaging yourself in mindful movement will both calm your mind and naturally boost your inner energy! No wonder why after an hour of doing Pilates I?m always starving and buzzing to do something exciting!

Apart from joining my favourite classes, I’ve decided to take advantage of the warmer weather and swap driving with walking. Actually my parents and I are just about to sell the car I?m currently driving, which is good news as I?ll HAVE TO walk more until I leave the country for good! Hoorey! 

2. Re-set my Biological Watch! That?s an important one ? especially for a person who has been taking night shifts and slacking on sleep over the last few months (and we all know that sleep deprivation might cause feelings of depression). So, I?ve officially decided to re-set my biological watch, as while I?ve written some of my best pieces late at night, I don’t really consider myself an ‘owl’. Gosh! I do miss my early mornings, you know!? If there’s time of the day when I?m sleepy and not productive at all – that’s certainly during the early afternoon hours. So, especially with me moving to Copenhagen and quitting my night job, it would be much easier for me to snuggle under the duvet at a reasonable hour, wake up at 7 AM , and get more things out of my way until noon! Then, I could easily dedicate the s**** early afternoon hours to something that makes me happy and relaxed – be it taking photos out in the sun, reading a book, or perform the 5 Tibetan Rejuvenating Rites, which are said to work wonders in energising the body and mind! 
Here, I’d have also added taking ?a short nap?, if It wasn?t for my Sleeping Paralysis problem. However, if naps work for you ? do it! 

3. Keep myself hydrated: Even though I do drink plenty of water, waking up late = less water per day. So, I?ve decided to increase it up to 2.0 litres a day (to find out how much water you should be drinking click here) in addition to having a few freshly squeezed citrus juices to ensure that my body’s stocked with vitamins and at all times hydrated. (Beware:  to get full advantage of the beneficial properties of the freshly squeezed juices – drink them either as soon as you wake up or at least 30 minutes before having a meal). Also, I’ve finally decided ? no more alcohol for me, as alcohol causes bad a** dehydration! Okay, okay! I’ve decided to allow myself two glasses of white wine / twice a week. 
4. Go Green! I?ve also decided to cut out on my caffeine intake (also dehydrates the body) and go for the healthier Green Tea instead. Actually, did you know that when the green tea bag rests in the water for more than 5 minutes, the ?green potion? gives you such a kick that you will not longer need any caffeine to wake up your senses! To make the tea even more energising ? add some peeled ginger and lemon (Vitamin C) in it. And if you aren’t a fan of warm tea, why not add some honey in it, leave it in the fridge and the result? A healthy iced tea to fill your tumbler with!

5. Go Raw! As you already know, for quite some time I’ve been on almost a 100% diary-free diet, so prior to Easter I’ve decided to go 80% raw (after doing my reseach, it turns out that when indulging mainly in raw foods, the body has much more energy at its disposal!). I?ll be giving you more info about that wholesome raw diet I’ll be going on as well as about my new food plan. But to give you a quick overview on what will be taking place: I’ll be having meals, consisting mainly of fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds. Also, I?d be reaching out mainly for foods rich in Vitamin C – citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, red and green bell peppers, cabbage, and spinach. To ensure that all beneficial qualities of the raw veggies stay intact, the 20% cooking will be done up to 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius).
As there’s been a huge debate surrounding the raw vegan diet, with many deeming it pretty extreme, I restrain myself from making any comments until I give it a try and evaluate the results myself. However, I’m all hyped up to share my first raw vegan experience  along the way with you!

And you? Do you have any tips on how to beat the Spring Fatigue?
<3 Lots of love,
A.
   

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