BREAKING NEWS: Spring Fever Outbreak Hits Hard

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“It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”  ~Mark Twain

Are you finding you:

  • Would rather go to the park than your 8am social studies class or board meeting
  • Often daydream about laying in the shade under a palm tree
  • Envy your friends on Facebook who post about their Spring Break adventures
  • Recognize that the only difference in your daily routine is the type of sandwich you packed for lunch

If you said “yes” to any of the above symptoms, you may have Spring Fever. Around this time of year, many of us are struck by an unexplainable desire to avoid routine. We long for change, adventure, renewal, and growth. Often we are unsure about what it is that we really want or need, but one thing is for sure…we want it and our minds will remain restless until we find it.

When Spring Fever strikes, it hits hard and does not discriminate by race, age, or gender. You may see it among high school and college seniors who long for the end of their four year strife towards graduation, as well as among office professionals who have sheltered themselves in their cubicles against the bitter chill of winter.

Fortunately, if you happen to catch Spring Fever, there are a few home remedies that may bring relief and sooth your mind:

  • Vacation: Going on a vacation can give you a break from normal routine and allow you to spend time with family and friends. Thus, it is a great way to get rid of the Spring Fever bug. However, vacationing for some may be difficult because of deadlines at work or financial restraints. If you are unable to journey far from home or take several days off of work, stay the weekend at a bed and breakfast in a nearby town or pack a picnic and spend a day in the park with your family.
  • Start a new project: A sense of accomplishment can help relax a restless mind. So now is the perfect time to begin a new project, or perhaps finish an old one. Did you see a craft on the internet that you wanted to recreate? Have you always wanted to try knitting? Is the motorcycle you started working on last fall still sitting in the garage? Crossing something off your “to do” list or doing something that makes you happy and feel accomplished can give a huge boost to your mental wellness.
  • Get Outside: Usually during the winter months we have an undeniable urge to snuggle up in a blanket and drink hot chocolate every night. Now that the weather is getting warmer, there is no excuse to continue hibernating indoors.  Maybe you love riding your bike, hiking, fishing, or playing Frisbee? Getting back into warm-weather habits can break the cycle of cold-weather routine.

If you have had Spring Fever and want to share your own remedy, we would love to hear it. 

Spring Cleaning For Your Mental Health

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Soon we will smell newly bloomed tulips, cut the grass, clean out our closets of old winter clothes, and begin our other pre-summer routines. Springtime is full of fresh starts and new beginnings, a time of renewal. So what better time than spring to give a little attention to renewing our mental health?

Taking a little time to focus on our needs and discover the things that make us happy helps us gain a clear and refreshed mind.  Here are a few tips to follow when spring-cleaning your mental health:

  1. Create a to-do list: Instead of your common project list, create a list of things you want to achieve emotionally over the next few months. Include dreams—things you’ve always wanted to do– as well as long-term and short-term goals that are easily achievable. Perhaps you have been wanting to reconnect with that old high school friend or maybe you wish you knew how to play the guitar. Put them on your list!
  2. Enhance your physical health: Physical wellness is an important part of sustaining mental well-being. Exercising and eating healthy are a big part of physical wellness but often are hard to incorporate in your routine. Try something simple like replacing soda and coffee with herbal teas, or eating a small portion of dark chocolate instead of a donut or other sugary snack.
  3. Renew your spirit: Yoga, Pilates, and meditation often lend themselves to mental cleansing. Taking just a few minutes each day to relax by yourself can make a huge difference and reduce negative energy and thoughts that may be consuming your day.

New beginnings and healthy steps toward better living can help us rid ourselves of negative emotions and built up stress that may be bringing us down. Remember that each day is a fresh start—just like spring.

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