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Written by Dr. Lisa Strohman
on April 27, 2023

As the flowers begin to bloom and the weather warms up, spring is a time of renewal and growth. It's a season that signals the end of winter and the start of new beginnings. 

Just as nature goes through its cycles of change, we too can take advantage of the spring season to prioritize our mental health and embrace fresh starts and a new outlook as the year winds down. After a long and challenging year, spring can be a perfect time to hit the reset button and focus on our mental well-being.


Five ways to prioritize mental health during the spring season:

1. Engage in Outdoor Activities 

With longer days and warmer temperatures, spring offers the perfect opportunity to get outside and soak up some Vitamin D. Spending time in nature has been proven to boost mood and reduce stress. Take a walk in the park, go for a hike, or simply sit in your backyard and enjoy the beauty of the season. Outdoor activities can help you feel more connected to nature and provide a fresh perspective, which can contribute to a more positive outlook.

2. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a powerful tool for managing stress and improving mental well-being. Take advantage of the spring season to practice mindfulness in different ways. You can try mindfulness meditation outdoors, focusing on the sights, sounds, and smells of nature. You can also practice mindfulness while engaging in everyday activities, such as eating a meal, savoring the flavors and textures. Being present in the moment and fully experiencing the sensations around you can help you cultivate a fresh outlook and reduce stress.

3. Declutter and Refresh Your Space

Just as nature sheds its winter coat and blooms anew, you can take the opportunity to declutter and refresh your living space. A cluttered environment can contribute to feelings of stress and overwhelm. Take some time to clean out your living space, organize your belongings, and create a fresh and inviting atmosphere. You can also add some touches of spring, such as fresh flowers or potted plants, to bring a sense of renewal and vitality into your home.

4. Connect with Others

Social connections are crucial for mental health and well-being. As the weather gets warmer, take advantage of the opportunity to connect with others. Plan outdoor activities with friends and loved ones, such as picnics, barbecues, or outdoor sports. You can also join a local gardening club or participate in community events to foster a sense of belonging and connection. Building and maintaining social connections can help you feel supported and uplifted, and contribute to a more positive outlook.

5. Set Goals and Prioritize Self-Care 

Spring is a great time to set new goals and prioritize self-care. Reflect on what you want to achieve in the coming months and set realistic and achievable goals for yourself. It could be a personal or professional goal, such as learning a new hobby, improving your fitness, or advancing in your career. Remember to also prioritize self-care by taking time for yourself, practicing self-compassion, and setting healthy boundaries. Nurturing your physical, emotional, and mental well-being is essential for a fresh start and a positive outlook.

As the school year winds down, spring offers an opportunity for fresh starts and a new outlook on mental health. By engaging in outdoor activities, practicing mindfulness, decluttering and refreshing your space, connecting with others, and setting goals while prioritizing self-care, you can embrace the season of renewal and cultivate a positive mindset. Remember that taking care of your mental health is a continuous process, and spring can be a beautiful time to prioritize your well-being and set yourself up for a healthy and fulfilling year ahead. Happy spring!

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