Seasonal changes, especially the “winter blues,” can be an issue for some people; they may trigger changes in your mood, energy levels, sleeping, eating, and social and sexual behavior. Depression is a challenge during the darker times of the year, too – even for people who aren’t affected by depression at other times of the year.
Sitting down with a mental health professional to discuss these issues can be very helpful. Keep in mind that warmer weather is on its way, as well. The coming of Spring can be a marvelous medicine!
Once you get prolonged access to the fresh outdoor air of springtime, you will feel the positive benefits. Let’s talk about ways you can make the most of the warmer weather and bright sunshine of Spring and kick off those cold weather doldrums!
What Are Some Healthy Activities I Can Engage In When Spring Arrives?
Here are a few of my favorite tips for activities you can engage in to improve your mental health:
- Take time to admire the greenery and colors around you and soak up the beauty of the natural world. According to the American Psychological Association, “Experimental findings show how impressive nature’s healing powers can be—just a few moments of green can perk up a tired brain.”
- Spend time near water! A 2020 review of research on the human-water connection concluded that being in or near the water directly impacted mental health.
- Getting out of doors and exercising is another aspect of Spring that can support your mental health. Exercise helps prevent and improve many health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis. Research on exercise, depression, and anxiety shows that exercise’s psychological and physical benefits can help improve mood and reduce stress.
How Can Your Mental Health Professional Help You Navigate Mental Health Issues Related To Changing Seasons?
You may be negatively affected by the coming of Spring; talking with your mental health professional can help determine if you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Together, you can work on a plan to assist you in managing it.
If you need professional help managing Seasonal Affective Disorder, I’m here to support you and provide a safe space. With me:
- You can feel safe sharing your story
- Discover strategies for growth
- Learn to live successfully and happily on your own
- You decide where you want to go; I help you get there
Here at John Nichols Psychotherapy, I offer individual, couples, and teen therapy. Please find out more about me and my practice here. Book a consultation today!
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