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It's Spring Time: A Time Of Renewal and Rejuvenation

Updated: May 25

Spring Time

"The beautiful spring came, and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also." 

--------- Harriet Ann Jacobs

Written By Dr. Kenia Johnson

Welcome Spring! Spring is a time of renewal and rejuvenation. Here are a few tips to help you SPRING into mental wellness:

1. Try something new. This can range from simple to adventurous. For example, you can try a new recipe or restaurant, or visit a new city. 

2. Connect with positive friends and family. Positive social interaction has been proven to lighten your mood and make you feel happier. It is also good for your brain health. 

3. time relaxing and meditating. Get started by setting aside 1 to 5 minutes at the beginning of the day. Spend the time focusing on deep breathing, thoughts of gratitude, and/or positive affirmations. Continue and grow your meditation moments to last for at least 10 to 15 minutes a day.  

4. Be intentional and get active. Take a walk outside, go for a run, or swim. Dance to your favorite song (or take new dance lessons) or try yoga/stretching. 

5. Make healthier nutritional and dietary choices. Several nutritional deficiencies can cause symptoms of low mood, fatigue, and irritability. Thus, a healthy, well-balanced diet can help us think clearly and feel more alert. It can also improve concentration and attention span. 

6. Go outside and experience the sights and sounds of nature. Follow the 5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Technique to activate your senses and reduce stress:

• 5 - LOOK: Look around for 5 things that you can see, and say them out loud.

• 4 - FEEL: Pay attention to your body and think of 4 things that you can feel, and say them out loud.

• 3 - LISTEN: Listen for 3 sounds. It could be the sound of traffic outside, the sound of typing or the sound of your tummy rumbling. Say the three things out loud.

• 2 - SMELL: Say two things you can smell. If you’re allowed to, it’s okay to move to another spot and sniff something. If you can’t smell anything at the moment or you can’t move, then name your 2 favorite smells.

• 1 - TASTE: Say one thing you can taste. It may be the toothpaste from brushing your teeth, or a mint from after lunch. If you can’t taste anything, then say your favorite thing to taste. 

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submitted by Dr. Kenia J. Lewis, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Sweetwater Psychological Associates, LLC

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