Time to Spring Forward! - Counseling & Therapy Services - The Juniper Center

The flowers are beginning to blossom and the days are getting longer, which can only mean one thing: Spring is on the way! To help you adjust to this season after a long, cold winter, we are here to provide some ideas on how to focus on your mental health as we approach Spring!

Catch Some Sunshine Rays

Sunshine and Happiness: 5 Reasons to Go Outside - Family Health Care of Siouxland

With everyone’s busy schedules, it may be hard to find some time to go outside to take advantage of the warm weather and enjoy the extra daylight time, especially during busy work hours. There have been studies that show that letting your body be more exposed to the sun can increase one’s Vitamin D levels, which can help maintain healthy bones, support immune health, and help with muscle function and brain activity. Helen Schaeffer, a clinician at the Juniper Center, suggests “taking a walk in the woods and listening to nature sounds outdoors. Many of [her] clients have reported happy feelings about longer days and more light.”

Push the Reset Button

Renewing Your Mind – Janesville Apostolic Ministries

Springtime is known for being a time of year when people can start fresh, start new, and feel refreshed. It can be a time for someone to take a step back and think about how their New Year’s resolutions are going and if they need to make any changes to their goals. Dr. Karen Thames suggests “creating a vision board by using magazines to cut out images and words for what [someone] wants.” The vision board can be focused on achieving any type of goal, whether it’s for better health or for improving relationships. Once it has been brought to life, be sure to spend five minutes a day looking at the board and reminding yourself what it is you are trying to achieve and how you are going to achieve it.

Be Kind to Yourself

Be Kind to Yourself Then Radiate — Amy Tangerine

There are plenty of times when people can feel like they are overwhelmed with everything that needs to get done. Whether it’s work tasks, at-home responsibilities, or a combination of both, it can be common to feel under pressure, especially when multitasking. Current studies suggest that multitasking is hard on our minds. If that becomes the case, it’s best to take a break for a chance to be in the moment and spend some time outside to take advantage of the warm weather.

Continue to Improve Your Mental Health

Just because the days are longer and the weather is starting to get warmer, it doesn’t give anyone an excuse to put their mental health on hold. Many people consider the period of “spring forward” to be a transition period where many things start to change and for some, it can take time to adjust to those changes. The famous phrase goes “It’s okay not to be okay,” and that does hold not just for this time of the year, but all year round there are plenty of times where we find ourselves not okay with everything that is going on around us. It also shows that it is also very normal to reach out for help if someone is having a hard time adjusting to all of the changes that are going on in their daily lives.

Our clinicians are here to listen to anything that might be on your mind. If you are interested in scheduling an intake appointment to seek help if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the idea of “spring forward”, please call 847-759-9110 extension 2 for some helpful insight.


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