How to Make Your Mental Health Better in Spring
We should always care for our mental health, but coming out of winter into the in-between season of spring can be difficult for many people. Some days are sunny, most aren’t, and you’ve already failed most of your new year’s resolutions. Your motivation and energy are depleted, and all you want to do is cocoon yourself in your duvet until summer rolls around.
There are many other reasons why spring as a season can be difficult for some. Anniversaries which fall in this season of adverse, depressing events like a death, accidents or even trauma can trigger depression and anxiety, and cause us to relive these moments.
Whatever the reason for your unhappy feelings, you shouldn’t have to suffer through spring for the months to come. Instead, take on some of this expert advice on how to make your mental health better in spring. As an experienced and qualified therapist, I understand that sometimes it can feel like there’s no reason at all for our depression. Still, with the right advice and guidance, you can understand your mental health more and finally see a happier and brighter future.
Go Out for Walks
Walking might seem like a simple, daily task for many people. But those facing mental health issues like depression and anxiety can find it extremely hard to get out of the house. Working hard to overcome fears and fatigue to take short, daily walks will be hugely beneficial for your mental health – especially as the sun comes out to play more.
Fresh air, time alone and silence come together to provide the perfect environment for taking a step back from the world. You have time to sort through your thoughts, making the rest of your day or week less stressful and scary. The sun is also fantastic for boosting and controlling your mood. One Australian study found that there were higher serotonin (happy hormones) levels in participants on sunny days than on cloudy ones. Try going for a walk once a week if that is all you can do, then boost both the number of walks and their duration – they can soon become a long-lasting tactic to pushing away depressive and anxious thoughts.
Meet With Friends
We make friends at various points in our life, such as childhood, at school and even at work. We might like them because we share similar interests or our personalities clash in a fun, loving way. But trying to stay in contact with your friends can be hard when mental health issues like depression and anxiety force you to isolate yourself from everyone.
Rather than replying ‘no’ to every invitation to hang out which comes your way, just say yes to one. You don’t want to force yourself into a situation which makes you uncomfortable, but if you can see only one or two of your friends and make them aware of your situation, they can be more understanding in the future. Meeting with a friend allows you to distract yourself from the negative thoughts and feelings, and take a break from the depression or anxiety. It will also motivate you more to overcome your mental health problems for good.
Give Yourself Something to Look Forward To
Sometimes we need something good to look forward to when we are feeling down. It helps boost our motivation and our mood consistently for the following months. This could be a summer holiday as it gives you a much-needed break from work and home life to go away on your own or with the family and have fun.
But it doesn’t have to be something as expensive as this, as you could swap a holiday abroad for something closer to home. Or you could plan a muted summer party with your closest friends with pizza, booze and some good TV. You can even have smaller, more frequent things to look forward to like shopping or cinema trips with a loved one.
If you want to ensure your mental health improves in spring for the long run, then make sure you are working with an expert. A therapist can help you understand why you face negative thoughts and feelings sometimes, helping you understand the influence of trauma, accidents and even death can have on your personal mental health. With their guidance and expert knowledge, you can finally understand specific thoughts and behaviours which make you feel alienated from everyone else.
With this increased understanding comes the ability to kick these mental health issues to the curb for good. A therapist, like myself, who is experienced and qualified will have different tips and tactics they can share with you for handling panic attacks and negative thoughts when they occur, pushing down symptoms of mental health problems like depression. Over time, you can see your mental health improve leaps and bounds, and always have the chance to pop back into therapy once or twice a year to make sure everything is still running smoothly.
Check out my website today to learn more about my services as a therapist and how I can help you overcome your mental health issues this spring. Please don’t feel like you have to fight everything alone; I am here to support and guide you, as well as provide insights and advice only an expert in mental health could.