Jen’s 5 Tips for a Healthy Transition to Spring

spring-pedicure-colorsThe month of March can be a bit confusing. We are so close to spring, but the winter blues are still present for the bulk of the month. Living in the Northeast means I still end up dealing with snow and single-digit temperatures, even when April is on the horizon.

I have found self-care to be essential during this time of year so I can still do my best at work and at home. Here are a few of my favorite tips for surviving during the weird winter-to-spring transition.  

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Boost your immune system

With temperatures going up and down and back and forth, it’s easy to feel dry and overheated one minute, and sneezy and shivery the next. Not cool.

As soon as you start to feel a little under the weather, I recommend dissolving an Airborne tablet in your water for a boost of vitamins, minerals and herbs. Even the placebo effect of taking care of your body when your a-game is weak should make you feel better.

In addition, drinking plenty of water is always a good idea. This will flush out your system and make you feel more energized. To make drinking water a little more fun, I always make sure I either have a cute water bottle (I’ve been loving my Lilly Pulitzer x Starbucks S’well bottle) or I will fill a quart-sized mason jar with lemons and cucumber. 

Tackle dry skin and cold sores effectively

Dry skin is to winter as peanut butter is to jelly – it’s an inevitable combination. Unfortunately, your skin still might be dry and uncomfortable as we transition into spring, which is a personal struggle of mine every year.

First, let’s talk lips. The weather this time of year means they’re dry, cracked and chapped, which is frustrating and throws off my lipstick game. When I need relief, Carmex products are always an old favorite. The iconic yellow and red makes their products impossible to miss at the drugstore, they are super affordable and give soothing relief, aka no “waxy” feeling.

Next, cold sores. As soon as you see the signs, I recommend using the Carmex Cold Sore Treatment to prevent any pain and itching. Plus, the formula make your cold sore less noticeable, which means it’ll heal faster because you’ll be less tempted to touch your skin.

Finally, your hands. I get SO self-conscious in the winter because my hands and fingers are constantly dry and cracked and feel like sandpaper. The only lotion I’ve found that works well and brings relief is the Eucerin Original Healing Soothing Repair Creme. Since it’s super rich, I use it before bed and wake up in the morning with noticeably smoother skin.     

Treat your feet

I swear by monthly pedicures. Not only do my toes get a fresh coat of color, but I spend some much-needed quiet time in a massage chair and warm foot bath, which means I’m forced to sit still.

After so many long days in winter boots and heavy socks, treat yourself to a pedicure for the start of spring; it will benefit you both physically and mentally. As a Boston babe, I make a monthly trip to Aer Nailbar in Brookline and visit Bella, my fave technician. This salon is super clean and is always playing HGTV, so it’s a little slice of heaven.

Eat seasonal produce

There are certain types of fruits and vegetables you can buy all year round (hello, bananas and apples), but eating in-season produce can be life changing in terms of taste and quality.

For the rest of the winter, reach for brussel sprouts, squash, sweet potatoes, kale and citrus. As spring begins, mangoes, cabbage, apricots, green beans and spinach should be some of your go-to picks. There are a ton of recipe ideas and meal prep plans utilizing these ingredients on Pinterest if you’re stuck in a rut and need some inspiration.

Read a good book or catch up on a new TV show

As the weather changes, you might find that staying in and snuggling up is the best cure for the March blues. Heck, the cure for blues anytime of the year, TBH.

Need some entertainment recommendations? I’m happy to help. On TV, I love This Is Us on NBC and So Cosmo on the E! Network. Plus, I also have two not-so-guilty pleasures: Are You The One on MTV and The Bachelor on ABC. Classic!

As for books, I am always reading at least three books at a time, and I currently have 12 on my nightstand….#noshame. For work, I’m reading Good to Great by Jim Collins; for something thought-provoking, I’m reading The Gray by Enitan Bereola II; and because I love poetry, I have read and re-read Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell so. many. times.
Once the March funk is over, it’s time to fully embrace spring and all it has to offer. Although, I could definitely do without the April showers. Fast forward to May, anyone?

Jen Flanagan is a multimedia journalist and recently graduated with her B.A. in Journalism from Messiah College. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Jen is a city girl at heart with a constant case of wanderlust. Her work has been featured in over 10 beauty, lifestyle and news publications, including Her Campus, Elite Daily and USA TODAY College. A few of her favorite things: time spent with her family and friends, reading magazines, traveling and spending too much time at Sephora.
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