Many of us think of Spring and the arrival of more sunshine as a welcome relief to winter-time blues. According to Harvard psychiatrist, John Sharp,’Most people feel an increase in exuberance, energy, optimism, and excitement with the arrival of spring.” For some just the knowledge that the gray of winter will be lifting is enough to put a “spring” in their step. Certainly sunshine releases endorphins and the external change in the environment from dormant to living can initiate positive memories and hope for a new beginning internally.
Interestingly enough not everyone experiences spring as renewing. Dr. Chris Thompson, director of healthcare services for the Priory Group, points out that those who experience clinical depression may find the juxtaposition between the positive momentum of spring and their own inner landscape increases their negative symptoms. Unfortunately statistics from both the United Kingdom and the U.S. confirm his proposition with the month of May being the peak of the year for deaths by suicide.
Whether you spend the year awaiting for the cherry blossom buds or experience anxiety with the approaching seasonal change make a plan to care for yourself and those you love by raising your awareness to the emotional impact of spring. Start by thinking about your own reactions to the seasons and then come up with things to do that increase your health. Take a walk, call a friend, deepen your meditation practice, or release yourself from stressful expectations to “get out and enjoy the weather.” All change can bring anxiety, give yourself time and space to adjust.
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