The Healing Journey
Tips for Improving Your Mental Health
Spring is a time of renewal, rejuvenation, and growth. It’s the perfect opportunity to clean out the clutter in our lives, both physically and mentally. This spring, as you start to tackle your spring cleaning to-do list, don’t forget to include your mental health and self-care in your plans. Here are 7 refreshing ways to prioritize your mental health and self-care:
1. Get Outside
Spending time in nature has been shown to have numerous mental health benefits, including reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Take advantage of the spring weather by getting outside and enjoying nature. Whether it's a hike in the woods, a walk in the park, or simply sitting outside in your backyard, spending time in nature can help clear your mind and improve your overall well-being.
2. Engage in Creative Activities
Engaging in creative activities, such as writing, painting, drawing and coloring, or playing music, can be a powerful tool for reducing stress and improving mood. This spring, try incorporating a creative activity into your routine, even if it’s just for a few minutes each day.
3. Learn Something New
Learning something new can help stimulate the brain and improve overall well-being. This can be anything from taking a class to reading a book to learning a new skill. Challenge yourself to try something new this spring.
4. Create a Self-Care Routine
Self-care is essential for mental health, but it's often the first thing we neglect when we get busy. Make self-care a priority by creating a routine that works for you. This can include things like taking a walk, practicing mindfulness, or doing something creative.
5. Prioritize Sleep
Sleep is crucial for our physical and mental health. Lack of sleep can lead to increased stress, anxiety, and depression. Make sleep a priority by creating a bedtime routine, avoiding caffeine and electronics before bedtime, and creating a sleep-conducive environment.
6. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the practice of being present and fully engaged in the current moment. It’s a powerful tool for reducing stress, improving focus, and increasing overall well-being. Try incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine by taking a few minutes each day to focus on your breath, meditate, or simply be still and observe your thoughts and surroundings.
7. Get Moving
Exercise is not only good for your physical health, but it also has numerous benefits for your mental health. Regular exercise can reduce stress, boost mood, and improve cognitive function. Try adding some physical activity to your routine, whether it’s a daily walk, a yoga class, or a new fitness routine.
Spring cleaning isn't just about cleaning your physical space. It's also a great opportunity to prioritize your mental health. Use these tips to declutter your mind, create a self-care routine, and prioritize your mental health while you enjoy the season of new beginnings.
Click here to read about 7 additional tips to improve your mental health this spring.
This article was written by Mindworks Mental Health, a mental health clinic licensed to see clients in the State of Utah. If you are interested in starting therapy, please fill out the Request an Appointment form on their website.
In addition to therapeutic treatment, the clinic has published several books and workbooks. Click here to read more about them!
About the Author
Cami is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, specializing in helping adult clients heal from past trauma. With experience in treating depression, anxiety, grief, and childhood trauma, Cami provides compassionate care using a variety of therapeutic approaches including EMDR, CBT, and Sand Tray Therapy.
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Camilla Olsen, CMHC has published a variety of mental health workbooks, coloring books, and sketchbooks. Click here to explore the collection.