Blossoming with spring: How it can help reduce anxiety

Spring is a beautiful season that brings new life, fresh air, and a feeling of rejuvenation. As the flowers bloom and the sun shines, people tend to feel happier and more energetic. With the arrival of spring, there are a lot of ways to boost your mood and reduce anxiety. In this article, we'll explore how spring can positively help with anxiety, and I'll share some tips to help you make the most of this season.


How to make the most of spring 

Get outside

One of the most significant benefits of spring is the warmer weather, which encourages people to get outside and soak up some sunshine. Research has shown that spending time in nature can reduce anxiety and improve your overall mental health. In fact, a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research found that spending just 20 minutes in nature can significantly reduce cortisol levels, a hormone associated with stress.

Whether you take a walk in the park, go for a hike, or simply sit in your backyard, spending time in nature can be a great way to reduce anxiety and improve your mood.


Spring is an excellent time to start or continue an exercise routine. With the warmer weather and longer days, it's easier to find the motivation to get moving. Exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety and improve overall mental health. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which are chemicals that improve your mood and reduce stress.

There are many ways to exercise in the spring, from running or cycling outside to joining a fitness class or taking a yoga class in the park. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your routine.

Eat fresh, healthy foods

Spring is a great time to focus on eating fresh, healthy foods. With an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available, it's easy to incorporate these foods into your diet. Eating a healthy diet can improve your mood and reduce anxiety.

Try incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your meals, and consider trying new recipes that feature fresh, seasonal produce. In addition to fruits and vegetables, focus on eating lean protein and whole grains to support your overall health.

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is a technique that involves focusing your attention on the present moment without judgment. It has been shown to reduce anxiety and improve overall mental health. Spring is a great time to practice mindfulness, as you can take advantage of the natural beauty around you.

Try taking a mindful walk in nature, focusing on the sights, sounds, and smells around you. Alternatively, you can practice mindfulness meditation, which involves sitting quietly and focusing on your breath. There are many guided mindfulness meditations available online if you're new to the practice.

Get enough sleep

Getting enough sleep is crucial for reducing anxiety and improving your overall mental health. Spring can be a great time to improve your sleep habits, as the longer days and warmer weather can help regulate your sleep-wake cycle.

Try to establish a consistent sleep schedule, going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. Avoid using electronic devices before bed, as the blue light emitted by these devices can interfere with your sleep. Instead, try reading a book or taking a warm bath before bed to help you relax.

Spend time with friends and family

Spring is a great time to connect with friends and family. Social support is crucial for reducing anxiety and improving mental health. Whether you plan a picnic in the park or a day trip to a nearby town, spending time with loved ones can help reduce stress and improve your mood.

If you're unable to see friends and family in person, consider scheduling regular phone or video calls to stay connected. Social support is essential, even if it's virtual.

Declutter your space

Spring is often associated with cleaning and decluttering. Taking the time to organise your space can help reduce stress and improve your mood. Consider donating or selling items you no longer need, and make sure your living space is clean and organised.

Set goals

Setting goals can be a great way to focus your energy and reduce anxiety. Whether you want to start a new hobby, read more books, or learn a new skill, setting achievable goals can help you feel more accomplished and confident.

Practice gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful tool for reducing anxiety and improving overall mental health. Take a few minutes each day to reflect on the things you're grateful for, whether it's the sunshine, a good cup of coffee, or the support of loved ones.

Seek professional help

If you're struggling with anxiety or other mental health concerns, do not hesitate to seek professional help. There are many resources available, from therapists and counsellors to support groups and hotlines. Remember that seeking help is a sign of strength, and you do not have to face your struggles alone.

In summary, spring is a great time to prioritise your mental health and reduce anxiety. By taking advantage of the warmer weather, practising mindfulness, eating healthy foods, and staying connected with loved ones, you can boost your mood and feel more energised. With these tips, you can make the most of this beautiful season and take steps towards a happier, healthier you.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Counselling Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Saleha Choudhury, Diploma in Counselling | MBACP
Ilford IG3 & London E7

My name is Saleha Choudhury. I am an integrative counsellor based in Greater London. I enjoy helping people get unstuck as they work through difficult moments in their lives. I write regular blogs to keep in tabs with my readers on a regular basis. I hope you enjoy reading my blogs.

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