Spring Is The Season Of Fresh Starts And New Beginnings
We’ve all heard about “spring cleaning,” but spring is also a perfect time to give a little attention to renewing your mental health. It’s challenging to slow the pace of life and often we forget to take care of ourselves in the process. Taking time for yourself is not selfish, but rather a critical element for self-growth and fulfillment.
Here are a few activities you can do to clear and refresh your mind and start down the path to a more positive and mentally healthy life:
Create a list of goals that you want to reach This may be reconnecting with an old friend or taking time to enjoy a nice cup of coffee. Think of dreams you have always wanted to achieve, no matter how big or small. Having a set of goals can give you a sense of purpose in life and guide you toward your desired path.
Improve your physical health Physical activity has been scientifically proven to play an important role in sustaining mental health and wellbeing. Try walking 3-4 times a week, or eat an apple instead of a brownie or other sugary snack.
Renew your spirit Practicing yoga or meditation is very helpful for clearing the mind. Through practice, you'll learn to acknowledge thoughts circulating in your mind and skillfully dismiss them with acceptance and non-judgment.
Improve your stress management skills Try your best not to dwell on issues that are out of your control. Learning to accept situations as they are is an important skill in reducing stress. Also, pay attention to what triggers your stress responses so you can better prepare for the next instance.
Contribute to your community Helping a neighbor or volunteering at a nonprofit can help you feel good about yourself and your place in the world.
Live in the present Take a moment to notice the sun and wind on your face. Making a conscious effort to notice and understand your inner and outer world can improve your mental health.
As we move from winter to spring, make sure to take the time to evaluate your mental health. What are some habits or practices that help you with your mental health spring cleaning?