Officially spring is here in the Tristate area. The days are longer and winter seems to be retiring, albeit slowly. The weather is still cool. There is beauty everywhere. The daffodils are swaying in the air, and the tulips are dancing again,and who can compete with cherry trees in full bloom. The air is fragrant with the freshly mowed grass. Baseball and visit to the Yankee stadium is exciting for the kids. Neighbors are visible and it almost feels like people are smiling more !.
Its a time to take stock of our physical and mental health, its a time for small changes in life.
5 things that you can do to make those changes in life:
- Exercise and find quiet time. Its a great time to gather family members, friends and pets and go for a walk. Find time to enjoy nature as you walk around, reflect on just being, and finding satisfaction in the simple act of walking. Its a great bonding time with few distractions.
- Join the mindful meditation/ yoga/ zumba class you have always wanted to. Spring is a great time to try new things. Meditation/ yoga/ zumba is a wonderful way to cope with anxiety. As one of my patients tells it, its 60 minutes of ‘no thinking’ bliss. And we learn to use those skills in life.
- Clear your surroundings. We accumulate things in the fall and winter, spring is a great time to take stock and give away those things that are no longer useful. Think about those kids toys lying in the storage space, that have not been used in 5 years. Or the dress you bought impulsively but realized you never liked it. Have a garage sale with some of your neighbors.
- Clear your Mind. Learn active coping strategies to help with those stressful moments in life. Stress is part of life but its how we respond to the situation that is important. For example, running late and getting stressed? breathing techniques help us relaxing body and relaxing the mind.
- Learn to Forgive. We get stuck when we hold on to the past and the painful emotions. Forgiveness is a choice we make, but it helps us to leave the past and come to the present. Present is important, this moment is important in our life. We cannot change the past, we can learn from it, we can develop a healthier perspective on it, but its not too helpful to dwell on it.
If you want to learn more about how to make the small changes in life this spring, please contact the office to set up appointment with Dr Datta @ 201-952-9905 or 845-369-7627.