So what is it about “springing ahead” that can feel like renewal and a new beginning (more so than the New Year), or can catapult us into the “spring blues?” Whichever kind of “springer” you are, how can you use that hour to re-energize yourself?
For many of us, spring means a new beginning, more sunshine, less cold and bundling. Spring represents the hope of the new day, the soft green of the budding tree and the ability to walk outside and breathe fresh air.
It can be of time of recommitment to yourself.
For those of you who feel the blues at this time of year, Dr. Cecilia Ford suggests in an article “Spring Depression: The Bluebird of Happiness Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” that the “comparison factor,” when you look at yourself relative to other people, is at play in spring.
Everyone is cold and miserable and hurrying to get inside in the deepest days of winter. In spring, all of a sudden we are out on display…. As one young woman said to me, “I hate this time of year! There are so many gorgeous girls on the street wearing short skirts. I like nice weather, but it’s not worth it. It just makes me feel more horrible about how fat I feel.”
Whether you feel invigorated or funkified in spring, consider these self-care tools.
- Interrupt comparison with thought stopping. This helps you to be in charge of your thinking instead of your thinking being in charge of you.
- Use comparison to notice: Do I feel better when I walk on the treadmill or walk outside? Do I like to eat with music on or in quiet?
- Plan something with your extra hour of light after work to do something that invigorates you.
What kind of “springer” are you?
Photo by John-Morgan