Outdoor activities to engage in during the spring to improve mental health
Spring is a season of rebirth and renewal. As the days get longer and the sun starts to shine, it’s a great time to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air. But did you know that outdoor activities can benefit your mental health? Here are three activities you can do in the springtime to help improve your mental health.
Going for a Walk/Run/Hike
One of the easiest and most accessible activities to improve your mental health is walking, running, or hiking. Not only does exercise have physical benefits, but it also boosts endorphin levels which helps reduce stress and anxiety. Taking time out of your day to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature is always beneficial for your mental well-being. Plus, it doesn’t take much effort or cost anything! All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes and an open mind.
Visiting a Local Park or Forest Preserve
Another great activity you can do this spring to boost your mental health is visiting a local park or forest preserve. Spending time in nature has been proven to reduce stress levels, improve moods, increase creativity and problem-solving skills, and even decrease symptoms of depression. Plus, being outside allows us to connect with our surroundings in ways that just aren’t possible when we’re indoors all the time. So grab some friends or family members (or go solo!) and explore what nature has to offer!
Gardening/Planting Flowers or Vegetables
Gardening can be another great way to improve your mental health this springtime. Not only does gardening give us something tangible that we can see progress on over time—from planting seeds to growing flowers or vegetables—but it also provides us with an opportunity for mindfulness practice as we cultivate our garden over months or even years. Gardening allows us to use our hands (which releases endorphins) and our minds (which helps keep us focused). Plus, it’s often therapeutic just getting “down in the dirt,” so to speak!
Spring is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. You can do many outdoor activities that will not only improve your physical health but also help boost your mental well-being. Going for a walk, run or hike, visiting a local park or forest preserve, and gardening/planting flowers or vegetables are all great ways to reduce stress levels while increasing endorphin production which can help with depression symptoms as well as weight loss. So this spring season, don’t forget to take advantage of these amazing benefits by spending at least 15 minutes in nature each day!
As therapeutic as nature can be, sometimes it is not enough to improve mental health on its own. So if you find yourself struggling, please don’t hesitate to contact Serene Health. We offer a wide variety of behavioral health and mental health services to help you heal and thrive. We also have appointments available through our Telehealth platform so that you can speak to a therapist online from wherever you choose. Call us at 844-737-3638 or visit www.serenehealth.com to schedule an appointment.