Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY offers healthy tips for spring.  See below:

Eat Green to Eat Clean - Did you know that dark, leafy greens such as spinach, kale, collard greens, bok choy, and chard are some of the most nutritious foods we can eat? They are loaded with healthy minerals that help reduce bloat, make skin glow, help balance blood sugar, support our immune system, and help banish toxins. If salads aren’t your thing, try sautéing greens in extra virgin olive oil seasoned with a pinch of salt, pepper and garlic.

The Joy of Journaling - Taking time to reflect on how we’re feeling is very therapeutic. Some benefits include managing stress, reducing anxiety, and improving self-awareness. There is no wrong way to journal – simply write whatever is on your mind. It could be stress from the day, worries about tomorrow, or a lingering thought from the past. Getting these feelings out on paper has been shown to be a relief on our emotions, enabling us to live with more calmness and clarity.

Active Adventures - When going outdoors for recreation, try exploring somewhere new – perhaps a nearby park, lake, river, or forest. Getting out in nature is not only beneficial for our physical health, but has proven to help increase our mental health as well as reduce anxiety and depression.

Sun Safety - As we spend more time outdoors, it is essential to practice proper sun safety to reduce our risk of developing skin cancer, which is the most common form of cancer. Always wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, even on cloudy days. Sunglasses, a wide brim hat, and clothing with UPF protection are more ways to protect your body from harmful rays. When in doubt, always seek shade as much as possible, and don’t forget to apply your sunscreen every hour.

Breathe for Balance - Breathing is something we don’t think about often, but we can reap many benefits when breathing is done with intention. Deep breathing calms our nervous system, which reduces stress and anxiety, lowers blood pressure, and can even improve digestion. Deep breathing also stimulates the lymphatic system, improves immunity, and increases energy. Breathe in slowly through your nose, expanding your belly rather than your chest. Exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat several times until you feel a noticeable sense of calm.

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