Why overhaul mental health in spring?

Have you ever heard of Quitter’s Day?

“Quitters’ Day” around mid-January often coincides with the end of the Christmas & New Year season. We are all back to our mundane routines, New Year’s resolutions falling by the wayside, resulting a dip in motivation.

However, as spring approaches, there’s a natural renewal of energy and optimism. The longer days, the promise of warmer weather, and the sense of new beginnings that come with spring can inspire many of us to revisit our goals and make a fresh start.

As the weather improves we are tempted out of our warm, cosy homes and we venture outside, making it easier to engage in exercise and physical activity

As we welcome the blossom and the rhododendron, it’s like nature nudging us to embrace healthier habits and shed old patterns that no longer serve us. And just as spring brings renewal to the world around us, it stirs a longing for personal growth and positive change within ourselves.

Springtime emerges as the perfect opportunity for us to reignite our dedication to health and well-being. It’s a prime moment for revamping lifestyle habits and giving our resolutions a fresh start.

What health benefits does spring bring?

As the cold grip of winter begins to loosen and nature awakens with the arrival of spring, there’s a palpable sense of renewal and vitality in the air.

(I know. I know. The rain has been relentless – but help me out here!)

Beyond just being a season of blossoming flowers and warmer temperatures, spring brings a host of health benefits that can kick-start both body and mind :

Increased Physical Activity: Warmer weather and longer days motivate people to engage in outdoor activities like walking, jogging, or cycling, leading to higher levels of physical activity, boosting our mood by releasing endorphins.

Sunshine Exposure: Spring brings more sunlight, allowing for increased exposure to vitamin D, which is essential for bone health, immune function, and mental well-being, promoting better sleep patterns and overall mood stability.

Nutrient-Rich Diet: With spring comes an abundance of fresh produce like leafy greens, berries, and seasonal fruits and vegetables. These nutrient-rich foods are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, supporting overall health and providing essential nutrients for optimal functioning.

Opportunity for New Habits: Spring symbolises a time of renewal and new beginnings, making it an ideal opportunity to adopt healthier habits and routines. Whether it’s committing to regular exercise, prioritising self-care, or focusing on mental health, the season provides a fresh start and a supportive environment for positive change.

Better sleep quality: Exposure to natural light during the day helps regulate our internal body clock, leading to more restful sleep at night and improved overall sleep quality. Instead of enduring fitful and interrupted sleep under the covers during the winter months.

Boosted immune function: Time spent outdoors exposes us to a diverse array of microorganisms, which can help strengthen our immune system and reduce the risk of illness. Let’s say goodbye to the constant flow of winter colds and that awful “100-day cough”.

Reduced screen time: Spending time outdoors offers a chance to step away from electronic devices, providing a break from the constants battles many parents face negotiating screen time limits! (Or is this just wishful thinking?!)

Mental Refresh: Getting outside and immersing ourselves in nature works wonders for our mental and emotional state. It’s like pressing the reset button, allowing us to feel more grounded, present, and content with life.

Now that the Easter Bunny has hung up just boots for another year, it’s the perfect time to jump-start those healthy routines. By spending more time outdoors, soaking up the sunshine, and staying active. 

So let’s embrace the springtime spirit, get moving, and enjoy the best of both worlds – health and chocolate!

This comes as always, with Much Love 💕 

Building a Mentally Healthier and Happier Generation of Young People 💕 


PS : Need a supportive online community where we can openly discuss our kids’ mental health & family struggles?

Come and join us in my Facebook Group :

Parenting Toolbox : Supporting Anxious Teens.

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We can share experiences, and support each other on our paths to harmony at home.