Many people look forward to Spring. It's a season of rebirth and renewal, warmer and pleasant. However, that's not the case with everyone. Some people struggle during springtime with aggravated mental health issues. In this blog, we will cover why and how Spring brings depression for some and what you can do to cope with it.
The impact of spring on mental health
While Spring is a season that brings excitement and anticipation, it can also have an adverse effect on mental health. Below are some reasons why Spring can impact an individual's mental health:
Disrupted circadian rhythm: The change in season can disrupt an individual's natural sleep-wake cycle, leading to fatigue, irritability, and overall feelings of being unwell.
Social pressure: The expectation to engage in outdoor activities and socialize with others can cause anxiety and overwhelm for those who suffer from social anxiety or prefer to spend time alone.
Physical stress: Allergies and seasonal changes in diet can lead to physical and emotional stress, which can exacerbate existing mental health issues.
Symptoms to look out for
Some of the common symptoms of mental health problems during the Spring season include feeling sad, irritable, anxious, or hopeless. You may also experience changes in appetite or sleep patterns, have difficulty concentrating, and feel more fatigued than usual.
Practical coping strategies
Fortunately, there are several practical coping strategies to manage mental health during the Spring season. Here are some tips:
Get adequate sleep every night
Focus on self-care; do activities that relax you
Get help from friends and family members when needed
Get outside and enjoy the benefits of nature, such as fresh air and sunlight
Practice meditation or deep breathing exercises
Set realistic expectations for social activities and don't feel pressure to overcommit
Incorporate regular exercise into your routine to boost your mood and reduce stress
Keep a journal to track your mood and progress toward mental health goals
Practice gratitude and focus on the positive aspects of the Spring season
Limit exposure to allergens or triggers that may exacerbate mental health symptoms
Seek professional help if symptoms persist or interfere with daily life
Seek professional help
At EduPsych, we understand the importance of timely help and support for mental health issues. Our experienced psychologists provide tailored evidence-based treatments to help individuals achieve their mental health goals. You can connect with our experts anonymously and avail different counselling services like Individual counselling, couple counselling etc.
Spring can be a challenging time for mental health, but with the recognition of symptoms and practical coping strategies, it is possible to manage and improve mental well-being. Seeking professional help from experienced psychologists can also provide timely and effective assistance in managing mental health issues.