How to Beat the Springtime Blues?
March 28, 2023 | 3 min read
We can now say that spring has finally sprung! Spring is a season of new beginnings and renewal. However, studies show that it can mean increased anxiety and depression for some people, which is called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). In this post, we will walk you through how to combat the springtime blues.
SAD is a type of depression related to changes in seasons. In most cases, people will have symptoms during late fall or winter that go away in spring and summer. Less commonly, these symptoms appear in spring or early summer and resolve in fall and winter. Common symptoms of SAD include feeling moody and sluggish, losing interest in activities you once enjoyed, and even struggling with sleep.
Spring is a great time to check in with your exercise routine. Exercising outside is a well-rounded way to stay active. Exposure to sunshine can naturally increase serotonin, a hormone that affects your mood, and make you feel more cheerful.
If you have limited access to the outdoors or prefer indoor exercises, indoor cycling or jumping rope in the comfort of your home are also good choices. In brief, getting more active is the remedy, which helps boost your mood and lower the chance of developing depression or anxiety.
A messy living space is a major source of stress and anxiety. Dust, pathogens, and other particles accumulated during the cold winter months can weaken your immune system and cause illness from inhalation.
Cue the spring cleaning plan. From decluttering your rooms to vacuuming the floors to disinfecting the furniture surfaces, taking the time to get your home organized helps you reduce stress and eliminate unhealthy particles while creating a sense of accomplishment.
To smoothly transition your diet from winter to spring, we recommend eating lighter foods and using healthier cooking techniques. Make sure to get balanced amounts of lean protein, fruits, and vegetables — leafy greens and fresh herbs are a big yes for spring. Additionally, dried fruits are a delicious way to improve your diet. You can make these yourself using a food dehydrator. A handful of antioxidant-rich dried berries are bound to make you happy, banish your stress, and help you sleep better.
Yoga can do wonders for stress reduction by promoting physical and mental relaxation. Most exercises can improve your mood by lowering stress levels and increasing endorphins, the happiness-promoting hormone. It can also affect your mood by elevating levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid, a brain chemical associated with better mood and reduced anxiety. Meditation also reduces activity in your limbic system, the part of the brain dedicated to emotions. As your emotional reactivity diminishes, you will be able to keep your mind calm when facing stressful situations. So when you experience anxiety or depression, practice yoga or meditation to stay at peace.
Spring not only brings longer days and warmer breezes, but can lead to anxiety and depression. We hope these tips leave you well prepared to avoid these situations. Enjoy the springtime!