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Springtime Activities to Improve Your Mental Health

Taking steps to promote your well-being and care for your mental health is something you should make an effort to do year-round. No matter the season, it's important to engage in activities that help you feel healthier and happier. Spring can be the perfect time to start a new routine or find new ways to care for your mental health as it starts to warm up.

Spring is a great time to get outdoors more and enjoy some activities in nature. It's also a good time to meet people, learn a new skill, and enjoy the seasonal food nature has to offer.

Connect With Nature

There are some amazing benefits to spending time outdoors for both your physical and mental health. Being out in nature can help improve your sleep, lower your blood pressure, and increase positive emotions.

There are several activities that will get you outdoors and into nature. Gardening is fun to try if you have the opportunity, whether it's in your backyard or a community garden. It can promote mindfulness, give you a chance to grow something you can be proud of, and boost your self-esteem. Activities such as hiking, walking, photography, or birdwatching can all help you disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can also take advantage of a quiet environment for calming meditation, breathing exercises, or yoga.

Exercise Outdoors

Physical exercise is beneficial for mental health, helping to reduce anxiety, depression, and negative mood. Being more physically active gives you opportunities to get outside, be more social, and boost your confidence through physical achievements. When exercising outdoors, a change of scenery by exploring and being in nature can positively impact your mental state. 

Exercising outdoors could include running, walking, cycling, or playing team sports such as soccer or frisbee. These activities are fantastic for getting out of your home, socializing with others, or focusing on your overall wellness. If you're looking for something more sedate, try yoga or tai chi. These can be calming, helping to reduce anxiety and lower your blood pressure.

Spring Clean

We often associate spring with renewal and rebirth. That makes the season the perfect time to turn over a new leaf and get a new start. Spring cleaning is an ideal way to jumpstart this, giving you a clean, tidy living space. When your environment is neat and organized, it can positively affect your mental health. Without the stress of an untidy space weighing on your mind, organizing your thoughts and maintaining your peace of mind can become easier. 

Spring can be your chance to go beyond your regular cleaning routine and do a deep cleanse to give yourself a fresh start. This could include cleaning under and behind appliances, clearing out the gutters, cleaning your grill, or wiping down walls or ceilings. While you're cleaning, you might even spot some necessary repairs.

Pursue Creative Outlets

Getting creative is an excellent idea if you're looking for ways to care for your mental health. When you engage in creative activities, you can reduce the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. Being creative can help you feel better about your well-being by helping you relax.

Spring is an ideal time to get creative, especially if you want to take inspiration from nature and the world around you. You could choose from countless activities, such as sketching, painting, or other visual art forms such as collages, photography, etc. Get outside and write some poetry inspired by spring, make flower arrangements or press flowers, or try some textile arts such as sewing, knitting, crocheting, or embroidery.

Participate in Spring-Themed Social Gatherings

Social interaction is one key component of mental well-being. Socializing helps reduce feelings of loneliness and depression and can increase general well-being. It could even help you live longer.

Warmer days in the spring give you more opportunities to get out and meet people. You could attend events and activities to meet new people and connect with people already in your social circle. Engage with your community by joining an outdoor cleanup or attending a spring festival. Go out to brunch with friends or arrange a tea party or picnic that everyone can enjoy.

Learn Something New

With its strong link to new beginnings, spring is the perfect time to learn something new. Learning a new skill can boost your confidence by showing you and others what you're capable of.

Learning new skills can be a great opportunity for personal growth and self-betterment. Try activities such as reading new books or listening to podcasts to find what you enjoy. Learning a new language or trying a new hobby could expand your horizons or reveal interests that you’d like to pursue further. You could learn to play an instrument or perhaps grow your professional skills with a certification. Don’t limit yourself simply because you have never tried something before. Instead, embrace the opportunity to learn. 

Eat Seasonally

Seasonal eating is fantastic for ensuring a healthy diet. It helps you get a diverse range of nutrients, focusing on what's locally and readily available. You could boost your mental health by baking or cooking with fresh and seasonal ingredients. Cooking your own food makes eating more mindful, and you can be proud of what you make. It can also be fun to cook for others, show off what you can do, and allow them to enjoy your creations.

Take Control of Your Well-Being This Spring

There are so many activities you can try this spring that can help you improve your mental health. Get outside, exercise, learn something new, or meet up with friends and family to bring variety into your life.

Sometimes, fun hobbies are not enough to make you feel better. If you need additional mental health support this spring, contact Jackson House. Our team is always here to help.

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We built Jackson House because we realized there was a critical gap in our healthcare system and many individuals with mental illnesses and substance abuse problems were struggling because of it. While there are many outpatient treatment options and locked, inpatient facilities there was nothing in the middle. Nothing to help people who needed around the clock care but wanted to receive treatment voluntarily, on their own terms. Jackson House is different. We provide clients with the level of care they need in a welcoming environment. When you walk through our doors, we will meet you wherever you’re at and help you on your journey toward feeling better.

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