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Tips for Managing Stress this Spring

Tips for Managing Stress this Spring

The clocks have sprung forward, and we’re enjoying those extra minutes of sunlight. The warmth is coming back, and the snow is melting away. Now that spring is here, many people feel that renewed sense of pleasure and warmth. However, spring still brings its own stressors. Whether it's work, school, personal life changes, or even the transition in the seasons, many feel that grappling sense of stress.

Fortunately, spring also offers unique opportunities and tricks to help you manage and alleviate stress. In honor of National Stress Awareness Month this April, let’s look at these ten tips for managing stress and embracing the spring.

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Embrace Nature

Spring is the perfect time to reconnect with nature. The blooming flowers, budding trees, and greener landscapes can have a calming effect on your mind. Activities like hiking, gardening, or even a simple walk in the park can significantly reduce stress levels. Studies have shown that spending time in nature can lower blood pressure, reduce cortisol levels, and improve overall mood.

Practice Mindfulness and Meditation

The practice of mindfulness and meditation has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety significantly. Spring offers a new backdrop for these practices. Try meditating outside to incorporate the soothing sounds of nature, or practice mindfulness as you observe the new life springing up around you.

Spring Clean Your Space

A cluttered space can contribute to a cluttered mind. Take some time to declutter and organize your living and working spaces. The physical act of cleaning and organizing can also be therapeutic and provide a sense of accomplishment and control over your environment.

Set New Goals

Spring is a season of new beginnings. It’s a great time to set new personal or professional goals. Setting goals helps to focus your energy and can provide a sense of purpose and direction, reducing feelings of stress and overwhelm.

Try Spring-specific Exercises

With warmer weather, spring is ideal for outdoor exercises. Activities like cycling, walking, or joining a local sports team can be fun ways to stay active, meet new people, and reduce stress.

Eat Seasonal Foods

Spring offers a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eating a diet rich in these seasonal foods can boost your mood and energy levels. Foods like leafy greens, berries, and asparagus not only taste better when they’re in season but also offer nutritional benefits that can help combat stress.

Limit Screen Time

As we move into spring, challenge yourself to reduce screen time. Instead, use this time to engage in outdoor activities or hobbies you enjoy. Reducing exposure to screens, especially before bedtime, can improve sleep quality and reduce stress.

Connect with Others

Spring social activities, such as picnics, outdoor festivals, or community events, offer opportunities to connect with others. Social connections can provide support, reduce feelings of isolation, and decrease stress levels.

Adopt a Positive Mindset

As the season changes, it’s an opportune time to practice positive thinking. Focus on gratitude and celebrate small victories. A positive mindset can significantly impact your stress levels and overall well-being.

Seek Professional Help if Needed

If you find that your stress is overwhelming or persistent, it may be beneficial to seek the guidance of a mental health professional. They can provide strategies and resources tailored to your needs.

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Spring Activities to Help with Stress

Incorporating specific spring activities can further aid in managing stress. Here are a few ideas:

  • Gardening: Engaging in gardening can be a meditative experience. Planting, tending to plants, and watching them grow can provide a sense of satisfaction and peace.
  • Bird Watching: Spring is a fantastic time for bird watching as many species return from their winter migrations. It’s a relaxing activity that can help you appreciate the small wonders of nature.
  • Photography: Take advantage of the beautiful spring scenery by taking up photography. It’s a creative outlet that can help you see the world from a new perspective.
  • Volunteering: Volunteering for community clean-ups or at a local garden can provide a sense of purpose and connection to your community.
  • Sports Teams: You can get out and watch the start of Baseball or even your other favorite spring sports. Take a look online to see if any recreational leagues have spring seasons for you to join and play with others who share your interests.

Resources for Managing Stress

There are numerous resources available to help manage stress. Here are a few to consider:

  • Mindfulness Apps: Apps like Headspace or Calm offer guided meditation and mindfulness exercises.
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Provides information and resources on stress management.
  • Local Community Centers: Often offer classes or workshops on stress management techniques, yoga, or meditation.
  • Primary and Specialty Care Services at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital: We have primary care and behavioral health services to help you make healthy changes to your lifestyle to manage stress effectively.

Enjoy the Spring in Glasgow, MT

With these strategies and the services at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, you can enjoy the spring and beyond. Take some time to incorporate these strategies into your schedule, and remember that Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital is here when you need it.

Schedule an appointment with us online or by calling us at (406) 228-3500.