Best Spring Stress Relief

Spring Stress Relief: Spring Cleaning and Other Strategies

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There are many ways to relieve stress, and most of them are effective all year round.  Interestingly, however, some of them lend themselves more easily to certain times of year. Spring, with its mild weather, increasing daylight, sense of newness, and optimistic feel, brings some especially effective opportunities for stress relief. The following are my favorite spring stress-relief strategies:

Spring Cleaning 

You may not think of it as a traditional ‘stress reliever,’ but spring cleaning can be a wonderful source of stress relief. The act of cleaning in itself can be relaxing because of the exercise it provides, the sense of lightness that comes with purging clutter and cleaning dirt, and the sense of accomplishment that comes afterwards, among other things. The end results of spring cleaning are even better: You’re left with a home that’s more of a haven from stress than a cause of it.  The cleaning process itself can be more enjoyable if you follow a few guidelines for low-stress cleaning, and reward yourself afterward with something you enjoy.

Read more about the benefits of cleaning and spring cleaning.

Spring Stress Relief: The Joy of Gardening

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Going out there and digging in the garden brings some excellent opportunities for spring stress relief. For one thing, increased sunlight exposure can brighten your mood and get some needed Vitamin D.  Additionally, beautifying your home on the outside as well as the inside can be soothing to you every time you come home, and increase feelings of pride.  Finally, getting in touch with nature can help you feel more grounded and more relaxed. In fact, exercise outdoors has been shown to help people feel more energetic and revitalized, and less angry, depressed, and tense.  (Read more about this from's Longevity site.)  Getting this exercise in the form of gardening can bring all of these benefits, and help you to exercise your creativity as well.  Whether you have a huge yard with dozens of plants, or a small patio and a container garden, gardening can be an excellent source of stress relief, beginning in the spring.

Read more about how gardening can be an effective stress reliever.

Spring Stress Relief: Springtime Exercise Possibilities

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Meeting a friend for some brisk walking, as with other forms of exercise, can be a great way to relieve stress year-round. However, spring is an especially good time for walking because of the more mild weather, the more beautiful surroundings, and the increasing hours of daylight. Walking through your neighborhood and noticing everyone’s yard in bloom, strollling in a park and enjoying the beautiful green grass, or hiking in the hills after work can all be stress-relief treats for spring.

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Spring Stress Relief: Make Time For Fun

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If you go to a neighborhood park during spring, you start to notice more children playing and enjoying spring’s not-too-cold, not-too-hot climate. It may bring back memories of your own childhood. Why not join in the fun? Spring is the perfect time to spend your weekends playing catch with the kids, having a picnic at the park, or getting outdoor games going with your friends -- all activities that can bring stress relief and inner peace. If you haven’t played much lately, spring is the perfect season to start having fun again.

Read more about stress relief for your inner child.

Spring Stress Relief: Healthy Eating Options

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With all the media attention given to healthy eating, you probably already know that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and high in energy is better for you than one high in sugar and other less healthy ingredients. Did you know that a healthy diet can also help relieve stress? It’s true: Not only does a healthy diet reduce the stressful emotionally reactivity that can come from unstable blood sugar levels and excessive hunger, but it saves you a lot of stress and suffering in the long run if it enables you to avoid serious health problems. Spring offers more opportunities to visit farmer’s markets (and brings more offerings to your supermarket’s produce section), making it easier to add a healthy variety of delicious fruits and vegetables to your diet.

Read more about stress and a healthy diet.

Spring Stress Relief: ​Springtime Visualizations

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As the warmer weather of spring brings new plant growth, more birds singing, and just more in general to look at outside, it’s easier to look outside and simply daydream. Before you scold yourself for ‘goofing off’ when you should be getting other things done, consider this as an effective stress-relief strategy -- visualizations. Performed in a certain way, stress-relief visualizations have been effective in helping people perform better, relax quicker, and take a mini-vacation without leaving their desk.

Read more about relieving stress with visualizations.

Spring Stress Relief: Meditation and Springtime Mindfulness

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While meditation is an extremely effective year-round stress relief strategy, spring offers some new stress-relief opportunities because it provides you with beautiful surroundings. If you’re working on focused meditation, just going outside provides many objects in which you could ‘lose yourself.’ A walk through the park can be an exercise in mindfulness. Sitting in a park and listening to the sounds of birds and children playing, smelling the flowers, and feeling the sunshine on your face can provide the perfect environment for zen. If you’ve never tried meditation for stress relief, spring is the perfect time to start.

Read more about the benefits of meditation and meditation techniques.

Spring Stress Relief: Vacations and Staycations

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Many people travel during the summer months or the winter holidays, but spring is actually a great time for a vacation. The weather is wonderful in most places, the airports are less crowded, and it may be easier to take time off when everyone else in the office isn’t. If you can’t take a full vacation, spring is a wonderful time for a weekend trip, mini vacation, or one of those ‘don’t actually go anywhere’ vacations, which can be wonderfully relaxing in it's own right -- and less expensive.

Read about the stress relief benefits of vacations, and vacation options.

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