The beauty of roses, tulips, jacarandas and so much more will soon be upon us with the arrival of spring, a time for nature and everything connected to it to awaken with new beginnings.
To usher you into this season of rebirth, we’ve gathered some of the best wellness tips to help you get through the day. Here they are, courtesy of our spring-fresh Flowstars!
Chuma Siswana, account director:
My wellness tip is: try to substitute one meal a day with a green smoothie. For me, I have replaced breakfast cereal with a green smoothie. I promise you will see some (good) changes in your body and skin – green smoothies are very healthy.
Elmarie Nel, head of graphic design:
For my wellness tip, I’m focusing on houseplants. Houseplants are fantastic anywhere in your home and are a good alternative to spending lots of money on fancy decor items. Just place a few of them together, and boom! You have a lovely peaceful focal point in your home. Not only do plants look beautiful, but they offer a host of other benefits – from helping to purify the air you breathe, to boosting mental health with their calming, relaxing effects.
Gail Cameron, head of project management:
My tip is to find a spot of sun for at least 30 minutes a day, even if it means going to sit outside, on a lawn or a pavement, to get your daily dose of vitamin D ... Why vitamin D? It helps regulate calcium in the body, keeping bones, teeth and muscles healthy. So go soak up some sun!
Ella Marren, project manager:
Drink water in the morning to fuel your brain! If you start your day with a glass of water, your mind will feel clearer and sharper throughout the day.
Add half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to a glass of water every morning. It surely wakes you up! It contains the following: protein, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin B6, Vit K, manganese, potassium and riboflavin. It is an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory and a very good aid for detox support and improving heart health. If you can’t take it in water, just add a little bit to your smoothie.
Edwina van der Burg, content director:
Ask yourself: what am I doing for the most important person in my life today?
Who is the most important person, or people, in your life? This changes for me on a daily basis; sometimes it’s me, sometimes it’s one of my kids, other times it’s a friend or a family member.
Do something for that individual on the day – in our current situation it can be as simple as sending a message, making a phone call or ordering them something special to be delivered.
When I am my most important person, I make sure that I set aside time for me to do something I really enjoy – like lazing in a bubble bath with a glass of wine while listening to music.
End the day with music
I listen to music as I drift off to sleep. I have a few saved playlists on Spotify for this purpose, including Jazz for Sleep, Songs for Sleeping and ASMR Sleep.
Apparently listening to music before going to sleep aids relaxation, lowers stress, reduces fatigue and reduces depression.