Living in western Pennsylvania, it always seems like our grey dreary winters drag on forever. Thankfully, Spring is on the horizon!
Spring is the season to bask in Vitamin D!
Vitamin D deficiency is very common during the cold, dark winter months and can cause various negative symptoms that affect people both physically and mentally. Thankfully, in the Spring, the sun stays out past four in the afternoon! More daylight encourages us to get outside and welcome that extra dose of Vitamin D. You may even start to notice that you have a little more energy, less muscle and joint pain, and less depression-like symptoms or feelings of sadness; and these are just a few of the many positive side effects!
Spring clean your mind!
Springtime is full of new beginnings and fresh starts, which makes it an excellent time to check in on how you are doing mentally. It is also the perfect time to start new habits such as journaling, meditating, or just spending more time out in nature – which are all good for your mental health! Setting new SMART goals, like journaling, isn’t just for the new year – you can make it a part of your spring traditions as well!
Enjoy the effects of increased daylight and warmer temperatures!
During the winter months, we often experience low mood and energy levels and just want to hibernate inside thanks to the natural increase in melatonin in our bodies. The good news is that once spring rolls around and we get more sunlight and warm temperatures, our bodies naturally slow down that melatonin production and we start to feel more energized! The increased sunlight can also cause our bodies to produce more serotonin which helps to improve our mood.