Reduce Stress & Improve Your Mental Health

Those of you in South Africa, you will know and understand the immense stress that everyone (particularly women) are under at the moment. While we cannot ignore what is going on around us, it is important for us to master our stress and develop coping mechanisms to deal with stress. Reducing stress helps improve sleep, reduce anxiety and improves our relationships.
It is spring and we should be looking forward to longer days and warmer temperatures. However, the majority of us are feeling frazzled and anxious. Everyone deserves to feel happy and refreshed as we bid winter adieu. As spring rolls in, there are a few things we can do to reduce stress so that can help you truly enjoy summer.
Make Time for Spring Cleaning
Lots of people use spring to clean their homes and get rid of the clutter that accumulated during the winter.
With the new season and warmer weather we should refresh our living space. It makes sense to open windows, let the fresh air in and get the house looking and smelling fresh.
Decluttering is one of the best ways to reduce stress. Walking into a cluttered house or opening an untidy cupboard can be stressful in itself. Life is stressful enough, ourhomes need to be calm and peaceful places for us to recharge.
Having more space and less to clean is enough to immediately cheer you up.

Reduce Stress – Exercise!
We’re all aware that exercise is a great way to reduce stress. Physical activity produces endorphins (chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers) and also improves the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress.
Even if it’s only for a half hour per day, exercise is a great way to boost your mood, increase energy levels, and enjoy more restful sleep.
Take a Moment to Breathe & Reduce Stress
Deep breathing can lower your heart rate and reduce stress. After you’re done exercising, this can be a great time to go somewhere private and just spend ten minutes focusing on your breath and allowing yourself some time to forcefully forget all your worries. If your community offers a Yoga class, sign up! Spring is a time for renewal. By following these helpful tips, you can be on your way to reducing your stress levels and truly enjoying the season.

Spend More Time Outside Sunshine (vitamin D) is a good way to help improve your mood and overall mental health. You can take advantage of the longer, warmer days to reduce your stress levels.
Even spending fifteen minutes outside in the sun every day can reduce stress and help your mental health. Getting time in the sun is the easiest and most effective way to get vitamin D into your body.
Reduce Stress With Journaling
An excellent way to improve your mental health in the springtime is to start journaling. Maybe you thought about it in the beginning of the year, but haven’t yet used it as a daily practice. Now is a great time to start!
It doesn’t need to time consuming. And if you are not sure where to start trying finding journal prompts on Pinterest.

Whether you’ve been struggling through winter with depression or you are just looking for new ways to improve your overall mental health, spring is a good season for feeling better. Taking small steps such as spending time outside, spring cleaning your home, and exercising can have a big impact on your mood. Committing to these actions this spring will help improve your mental health so you can enjoy the beautiful spring weather.

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