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4 Easy Ways Spring Improves Your Mental Health

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Spring can improve your mood and aid depression in many ways.  Here are a few things to keep in mind as you embrace the warmth and cheeriness of spring.

Although Maryland weather is unpredictable, now that it’s finally March, spring is just around the corner. Even without very much snow, this year’s winter has been especially frigid, with many cloudy and gray days. This type of weather takes its toll on people with all mental health concerns.  People susceptible to Seasonal Affective Disorder may especially find themselves sinking into a state of depression. The good news is that it won’t be too much longer until the days are longer and the weather is warmer. When it comes to your mental health, spring can improve your mood and aid depression in many ways.  Here are a few things to keep in mind as you embrace the warmth and cheeriness of spring.

Exercising Outdoors

As spring rolls in, exercising outdoors is the perfect reason to enjoy the warmth.  Also, with longer days, there’s very little reason not to take advantage of this opportunity.  Whether it’s a quick jog around the neighborhood or taking your yoga mat to the back porch for a sun salutation, spring is the perfect time to elevate your mood with exercise.

Getting Some Sun

After a particularly dark and gray winter, it’s time to embrace the sunshine.  When your skin is exposed to natural sunlight, your body produces vitamin D. Scientists have found that sufficient levels of vitamin D improve the moods and overall mental health of people, especially those living with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Give your mood a boost by going outside and enjoying some sunlight. Go for a walk with a loved one or work from home on your deck. Catching a few rays is the best way to enjoy spring.

Eating Well

During the winter months, it’s normal to crave sugary, carb-heavy foods. Now that it’s spring, it’s time to consider eating well-balanced meals that leave you feeling light, yet satisfied. Choosing fruits and vegetables will give you the energy boost you need to jump into spring. Also consider foods rich in omega-3s, such as oily fish, eggs, and spinach.  Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids will not only boost your mood, but offer delicious meal options as well.

Reaching Out

Invite friends and family over for a dinner party on the deck or offer to meet up for a coffee at an outdoor cafe. Springtime should be spent outside, enjoying the temperate weather before summer becomes sweltering. Your family and friends want to spend time with you, so enjoying the outdoors with everyone is your best option.

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