3 Ways to Feel Happier This Season
As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, many of us start to feel the effects of seasonal changes – both physically and mentally. For some, spring is a time of renewed energy and hope! For others, it can be a trigger for anxiety and depression. But whether you love or hate the spring season, there’s no denying that it has a powerful effect on our mental health. In this article, we’ll explore the mental health benefits of spring and how you can make the most of this season to feel happier and more positive.
1) Increased Exposure to Sunlight
After a long winter of shorter days and less sunlight, spring brings with it longer days and more sunlight. This increased exposure to natural light is important for our mental health because it helps regulate our circadian rhythm, which affects our sleep-wake cycle and mood. Sunlight also triggers the production of vitamin D in our skin, which is essential for our physical and mental health. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to depression, so spending time outside in the sun during spring can boost our mood and mental well-being.
2) Opportunities For Outdoor Activities
Spring brings warmer temperatures and the opportunity to spend more time outside. This can be especially beneficial for people who struggle with the seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or depression, as being outdoors and engaging in physical activity has been shown to improve mood and lower stress levels. From hiking and kayaking to gardening and picnics in the park, there are endless ways to enjoy
nature and the great outdoors during spring.
3) Renewed Sense Of Purpose!
For many, spring is a time of renewal and growth. Trees start to bud, flowers start to bloom, and the world around us seems to come back to life. This can have a positive effect on our mental health by giving us a renewed sense of purpose and motivation. Spring is a perfect time to start fresh! Give yourself permission to investigate the root cause of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. As your therapist I can help you shine a light on harmful patterns, and assist you with adjusting and coping. Move forward and take the initial step toward mental health support. Therapy provides a sense of development and advancement, which can help you feel more optimistic and positive about the future.
De Angela Jane Smith, AMFT #116034
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
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De Angela Jane Smith, AMFT
Associate Marriage Family Therapist
CAV Family Therapy Inc.
(657) 333 – 5218