Wow. Here we are - Spring. Well, allegedly.
Just like we take care of our houses and get rid of all the stuff crowding the rooms, March is an excellent time to spring clean, and reassess your mental health. In shifting gears from winter to spring, lets do a little check in. How are you feeling? How are your moods these days? If you're anything like me, you're eager to drop the winter gear and get out the flip-flops and shades!
However - in order for me to "get in the mood" for celebrating spring and the arrival of good times, I need to be in the right frame of mind. And I can't do that if I'm down in the dumps. Here are a few things I do to try and set myself straight when I go sideways:
BE PRESENT BY COMMITTING TO LESS SCREEN TIME
Your life is happening right now.
We are missing out on by constantly being distracted and tethered to a phone. Make a choice to be present. Try to go phone free (FOR REAL!) once a week. Try turning your phone off from five pm Fridays till noon on Saturday and take advantage of that time to be entirely present with whomever. You’re not missing anything online, you’re missing out on real life.
GET OUT AND SOCIALIZE
Break out of winter hibernation mode. Call that friend to get together for a coffee and a walk! That warm spring sunshine feels so good! Just do it!
USE YOUR IMAGINATION
Plan your summer vacation. Imagine yourself in the mountains or by a running river, pitching a tent! Where do you want to explore? What do you want to do? Planning a trip gives you something to look forward to and be accountable.
GET A GOOD SLEEP
Sleep is critical to our moods—aiming for 7-8 hours per night is supposed to be the best. Are you feeling well rested? If not, try to start your nighttime routine earlier by turning off screens (tip one!) and prompt your mind to relax by reading, or listening to music.
Movement clears the head and gets the good hormones pumping. Think about movement as a way to flush away stress and anxiety. Getting your heart rate up releases those happy-feeling endorphins. Start small. Take the stairs at work. Cruise around the block before you grab the kids from school.
If you're feeling a bit low, just try these, I promise —it will do wonders for your mental health.