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Bouncing Back from Winter Blues



With spring finally on its way, we can finally say goodbye to winter and enjoy the fresh start that spring promises. If you struggle with seasonal sadness during the cold months know that you are not alone and hope is near.  Navigating the winter blues and thriving in the upcoming season involves a strategic blend of self-care, mindset adjustments, and intentional actions. We've created a list of 10 realistic ways to help you bounce back from the cold months and get focused on this new season with a sense of hope!

 

 

1. Embrace the Light:  As the days lengthen, soaking in sunlight becomes essential for mood improvement. According to a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, exposure to natural light correlates with increased serotonin levels, contributing to an enhanced sense of well-being. Make an effort to spend time outdoors, especially in the morning sunlight, to kickstart your day!

 

2. Revamp Your Routine: With the fresh start of spring, consider changing up your daily routine to include activities that bring you joy! Whether it's a new workout regimen, creative pursuits, or mindfulness practices, tailor your routine to align with personal growth. Just as spring brings new growth, you can find new ways to grow as well!

 

3. Cultivate Green Spaces: Bringing nature indoors or spending time in green spaces holds significant benefits. A study by the University of Exeter found that exposure to natural environments improves mental well-being and reduced stress levels. Incorporate indoor plants into your living spaces and make outdoor activities a regular part of your routine to enjoy the mental health benefits of greenery.

 

4. Stay Active: Physical activity is a powerful antidote to the winter blues! According to a report by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, regular exercise not only contributes to better physical health but also releases endorphins, the body's natural mood lifters. Explore outdoor exercises like hiking or cycling to make the most of the spring weather.

 

5. Spring Cleaning for the Mind: Mindfulness and meditation practices play a vital role in mental decluttering. Dedicate time to mental spring cleaning through mindfulness techniques for a clearer, focused mindset.

 

6. Connect with Others: Good weather can encourages socialization and gatherings with friends and family. Maybe plan a hike or a picnic with friends or have family over to do an outdoor activity! Connecting with others creates a sense of belonging and reminds us that we are not alone.

 

7. Set New Goals: Spring symbolizes growth and renewal, making it an ideal time to set new goals. According to research from Dominican University, individuals who write down their goals are significantly more likely to achieve them. Create some new goals for yourself, whether they're related to personal development, fitness, or creative pursuits, and begin a fresh start of purpose and motivation.

 

8. Good Nutrition: Diet plays a crucial role in mental health. A study published in Nutritional Neuroscience found that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is associated with lower rates of depression. Embrace the spring bounty of fresh produce to nourish your body and mind.

 

9. Celebrate Small Wins: Positive psychology emphasizes the impact of gratitude on mental well-being. A study in the Journal of Positive Psychology reveals that individuals who regularly express gratitude experience increased life satisfaction. Celebrate small wins daily, fostering a positive mindset and reinforcing a sense of accomplishment.

 

10. Seek Professional Support: For persistent winter blues, seeking professional support is crucial. Therapy or counseling can provide valuable tools to navigate challenging emotions and promote overall well-being.

 

These 10 lifestyle changes are key to bouncing back after the winter blues! Picking a few, or even starting with one, will greatly improve wellbeing and mindset. However, not everyone will be able to move forward from winter blues alone. Even when the sun shines and the winter fades, many will still face depression and struggle to find happiness. This is where A New View Counseling can be the support needed to find the tools to thrive this spring! Get connected with a therapist near you by contacting us at 801-209-9797 for Utah, and 281-407-5658 for Texas.

 

 

What activity are you most excited for this spring?

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