Spring Wellness 2024

As we enter Spring this 2024, we are focusing on mental wellbeing and wellness. Taking care of your mental health and engaging in activities that encourage this positive impact on your wellbeing is essential. Using the change in season is a perfect time to make your mental wellbeing a priority. Read below our 6 useful tips as to how and why Spring can be helpful to your mental health:

  1. Increased Exposure to Sunlight: With longer days and more sunshine, people tend to spend more time outdoors during spring. Exposure to sunlight boosts the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood. Higher serotonin levels are associated with feelings of well-being and happiness, which can have a positive impact on mental health. Why not attend one of our Bird Watching groups or Ponder Wander sessions?
  2. Physical Activity: Warmer temperatures and blooming landscapes often motivate people to engage in outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, gardening, or cycling. Regular physical activity is known to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety while promoting overall mental well-being. For some gentle outdoor exercise, try our Boxercise classes!
  3. Connection with Nature: Spring brings new life as plants bloom, trees bud, and animals become more active. Connecting with nature has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression while improving mood and overall psychological health. Explore all our nature wellbeing activities here.
  4. Sense of Renewal and Hope: Spring symbolizes renewal, growth, and transformation. For many people, it represents a fresh start and an opportunity to let go of the past and embrace new beginnings. This sense of renewal can bring hope and optimism, which are essential for maintaining good mental health. To focus on these new steps, try our First Steps to Positive Mental Health course.
  5. Social Interaction: Spring often brings people together for outdoor activities, gatherings, and celebrations such as picnics, festivals, and sports events. Social interaction is vital for mental health as it provides support, reduces feelings of loneliness, and fosters a sense of belonging. If you are looking to increase your social interaction, explore our Wellbeing Support.
  6. Improved Sleep: The increase in daylight hours and exposure to natural light can help regulate the body’s internal clock, leading to better sleep patterns. Quality sleep is essential for mental health, as it allows the brain to rest and recharge, improving mood, cognitive function, and overall well-being. Mindfulness can be a helpful way of encouraging better sleep through positive thinking and less overthinking.

Overall, the combination of increased sunlight, outdoor activities, connection with nature, sense of renewal, social interaction, and improved sleep during spring can have significant positive effects on mental health. However, it’s important to note that individual experiences may vary, and those struggling with mental health issues should seek further professional support if needed. Explore all our support here.

More information on Spring Wellbeing can be found here: https://mentalhealth-uk.org/blog/how-we-can-use-spring-to-boost-our-mental-health/

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