The Highs and Lows of Spring
by Helen Tucker
Despite the cold, spring has arrived with a vengeance. Birds are rushing around gathering twigs for their nests and new shoots appear on the trees and hedgerows daily. There is a feverishness about this time of year and almost an expectation that everybody should be happy. However, not everyone looks forward to or is able to enjoy this time of year.
Do you dread the spring knowing how low and anxious you are going to feel? Is your sleep pattern disturbed? Are you tearful for no reason? Do you feel excessively tired even after a quiet day? Are you struggling to see beyond the next few days and weeks?
Thousands of people struggle at this time of year and many don’t seek help. If you find yourself struggling year after year it may be a good idea to speak to your family doctor to find out what is causing your symptoms.
During this difficult period:
- Be kind to yourself.
- If you feel particularly bad in the mornings and a little better as the day wears on, then try to rearrange your day to fit in with this pattern.
- Keep a daily diary of your thoughts and feelings. Writing them down can be cathartic.
- If you are able, write down one positive thing about your day. This could be something as small as noticing a new flower in the garden or a smile you received from a stranger.
- Try to make contact with at least one person each day. People often feel very alone when their mood is low and the company of another person can be uplifting.
Remember, you are not alone. With the right help, you will be able to cope during this difficult time.
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