Spring time is often thought of as a season of rejuvenation and growth for nature and we may also correlate these aspects to humans. Most adults are busy cleaning and de-cluttering their homes and offices to bring about a Spring like charm to their environment. We must do this same thing when it comes to our mental health. Are you coming off of the residual emotional effects of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)? Are you experiencing fatigue from the Winter months? Well this is a great time to go within and do some Spring Cleaning of the mind! I know we often think of Spring as a happy and joyous time that promotes growth in abundance but honestly you are entitled to define each season to your very own level of comfort. Maybe Spring means you can get outside more, you may can walk your dog after a stressful day at work, spend an evening at the park with your family, or simply start an exercise regimen. I like to think of Spring as a time to put my goals in action. I often de-clutter my home and get things clean and organized, I often spend more hours outside (If pollen permits) and implement a walking routine at the local track to get my exercise in. Spring reminds me of the concept of patience. Most of the days are rainy and cool but some days are warm and sunny. It offers a great balance and promotes the duality of life. For those reasons alone, Spring is one of my favorite seasons of them all. What can you incorporate this Spring? Are you still working on your New Year’s resolutions or have they fallen by the waste side. If they have, this would be a great time to start things back up. Yes I know we feel the pressure of exercising fiercely to get to our summertime bodies but pacing yourself, just as the elements of spring does, may present a better solution to you sticking with your goals. Whatever you decide to do this Spring, just remember that spring is about growth and rejuvenation.
Start a self-care journal and check off some of the things that
you would like to accomplish for yourself. Get a massage, get a pedicure (especially if you are
like me and brave it all winter), get a facial, participate in Water Zumba, or simply set aside a
mental health day for yourself. Just remember that You deserve a Spring!
“Yes, I deserve a spring–I owe nobody nothing.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Writer’s Diary
Sharika Pruitt, LPC