The clocks have sprung forward, the daffodils, tulips, primroses and hyacinths are out, its official Spring has arrived.
Spring is my favourite time of year. I love the new fresh buds on trees, seeing the leaves bust forth a little bit more each day and new born lambs leaping for the joy of being alive. There's nothing better to restore the soul after a long, hard, cruel winter, than to be out in the spring sunshine, or even if its not sunny just to be out in warmer temperatures.
This years Spring is particularly poignant as it coincides with some restriction lifting and the rule of 6 coming back into our lives. We can now meet outdoors and catch up with friends and family we have been separated from for so long. With the vaccine now being rolled out at a rapid rate, this year Spring has the added feeling of hope. Hope that we have found a way through this, hope that we have found a way to live with this horrible virus, which will be with us for the foreseeable future and beyond.
It's a scientific fact that sunshine and daylight has a positive effect on our moods and health. For a start it's helping us get enough Vitamin D. Sunshine also triggers the release of endorphins and prompts our brains to release serotonins, which improves our mood. Sunlight also causes our skin to release nitric oxide, which lowers blood pressure.
So make the most of our extra hour of daylight. Go outside and Perch in the fresh air, or even better the sun (make sure you have sunscreen on) and feel those endorphins busting through.
I'm taking a short break over Easter and will be back in the workshop on 7 April, 2021.
Whatever you are doing this Easter, have a great time, stay safe and take in some fresh air.
Until next time, Happy Perching!
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