The arrival of spring is definitely something to celebrate – especially because of the positive impact the season can have on your mental health.
Here are a few ways to make the most of the warmer, longer and brighter days for better mental health.
Do some spring cleaning. Not only does tidying up improve your living or work area, it also helps clear your mind. If you’re not up for a deep clean, that’s okay. One easy way to start is to donate anything you haven’t used in a month. Getting rid of dormant clothing, electronics and housewares opens up room in your physical and mental spaces to focus on things that make you happy.
Sleep better. Good rest is key to both mental and physical health. As the season known for new beginnings, spring is the perfect time to reset your sleep cycle. Try these 7 tips to get more restful sleep.
Exercise. Exercising regularly has been proven to improve mental health. Staying active in spring, with its longer, warmer days, is much easier than doing so in the winter months. Plus, getting outside – whether for a walk, bike ride or hike – doesn’t come with the sticker shock you may get from a gym membership. Set a routine to make sure you get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week.
Get some sun. Vitamin D positively impacts your mood and helps with depression… so the more, the better!