Not that we’re counting or anything, but there are just eight days left until winter is over. You know what that means? Your fastest runs are just around the corner (thanks to the devil birds known as magpies) and the snifflies of hay fever season are about to make their not-so-anticipated comeback. But while spring has its faults, it’s also the perfect time of year to banish bad habits and set yourself up for your most successful summer yet.

Keen to kick-start your spring? Follow Dr Tim Sharp’s (aka, Dr Happy’s) pro tips below.

Get active

The problem: “One of the main reasons our mood dips during the colder months is inactivity – we tend to exercise less, socialise less and do less. Given that happiness largely comes from engaging in satisfying and pleasurable activities, it’s little surprise that we might feel sad and down during spring then.”

The solution: “Get back into all those healthy habits you might have let slip during winter, such as outdoor exercising, walking and catching up with friends. Have fun – get out and play!”

Eat wisely

The problem: “Throughout winter, many of us tend to engage in comfort eating, which might make us feel a little better in the short-term, but it detracts from our mood in the long-term. So, ditch the sloth and gluttony as much as possible as soon as possible.”

The solution: Welcome meal prepping back into your life and visit foodie sites like Rachl Mansfield and Sweet Health Nut for healthy-eating inspo. While you’re at it, check out this delish recipe for broccoli and smashed pea soup for the perfect warming dinner.

Be mindful

The problem: “Making spring productive isn’t usually that hard, because most of us enjoy a burst of energy once the weather warms up, but stress is something we need to manage at any time of the year.”

The solution: “Set some clear goals for what you want to achieve over the next few months and work on your mental health as much as your physical health. As well as practising mindfulness or meditation, accept that some stress is a normal part of life, and know that it’s not always a bad thing – at times, it can motivate and inspire you.”

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