Even if the days are getting longer and the temperature is getting warmer, a new season can greatly affect your mood and behaviours. But why?
It’s all about change. Some individuals may thrive on changing settings or patterns, but for some of us, change — even healthy change — can come with an element of anxiety.
So, if you’re someone who finds their mental health takes a toll during any seasonal change, here are a few things you can do to pick yourself up:
Get Out in the Sun
Let the sunshine in! Vitamin D can greatly regulate your mood and make you happier, so whether you prefer the indoors or outdoors, there are many ways to brighten up your day with UV rays. Open your blinds everyday and try to go outside in the sun during your work or study breaks.
Exercise or Get Moving
Research has shown that any forms of exercise – even a 20 minute walk – can enhance your mood and reduce stress. So even if you’re not up for an intense workout, you can still get your sweat in by taking a short walk everyday.
Make Time to connect with Loved Ones
Whether it’s in-person or virtual, spending quality time with loved ones can improve your well-being and reduce your chances of feeling anxious or depressed later on.
Even checking in on your loved ones via a phone call or text message can not only help you, but your loved one as well.
Create a Healthy Routine
Establishing a positive daily routine is a great way to invest in yourself, and there are many benefits to it. Create a routine that involves eating healthy, exercising, and connecting with loved ones that can help you establish priorities and increase your motivation.
Keep a Mood Journal
Lastly, keeping a daily mood journal can give you clarity to how to improve your mental health. Writing down your thoughts, feelings and challenges can reduce your chances of depression, and can help you notice any patterns or trends. Do this on your computer, or hand-write it!
If you still feel the need to talk to someone about your mental health, PsyMood is here for you. Our mental health specialists can speak your language and understand your culture.