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April Health Tips

Take advantage of this extra energy and try to implement a few of these healthy tips – see if you can make these tips into habits over the coming weeks.

1-minute tip: Don’t skip the sunscreen. We all know by now how important sunscreen is, but sometimes when we’re faced with foggy, overcast, or rainy weather for days or weeks we can fall out of the habit of applying it. The truth is, even when it’s cloudy, it’s still extremely important to apply sunscreen — up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds.

5-minute tip: Check the pollen count. If you suffer from allergies, especially during the Spring, being prepared by knowing what allergens are in the air is key to keeping the uncomfortable symptoms at bay. There are a lot of tree pollen levels at their seasonal peak in Santa Clara valley this time of year.

15-minute tip: Pick out seasonal produce. California may be lucky enough to always have an abundance of produce available, but there are still distinct growing regions which means certain types of produce are available during certain times. Check out this seasonal guide that shows what and when things are at their peak, and incorporate them into your diet for a greater variety.

30-minute tip: Take some time for spring cleaning. This isn’t just wiping off the kitchen counters — spring cleaning refers to decluttering, organizing, and deep cleaning. A disorganized space can have negative emotional effects, while the opposite has shown to improve mood and decrease stress. To make it less daunting, spend about 30 minutes a day cleaning a specific cupboard, closet, or area.

 

This article first appeared in the April 2017 edition of the HealthPerks newsletter.