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Springtime Mental Health

March 20th, the date of this year’s Spring Equinox, marked the first official day of Spring for this year. Spring is a happy time of year for many people – everything starts to thaw, flowers bloom, birds chirp again early in the morning, and our days are filled with more sunlight.

But for some people, the changes that Springtime brings can cause increased feelings of anxiety and depression. While most people assume that Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) occurs only in the winter months, SAD can occur during a change in any season, including Spring.

Any change can be anxiety-inducing, even a change in the weather. Other reasons people may be affected by the Springtime blues include an increase in allergy symptoms and expectations surrounding major events such as weddings or graduations.

So, what can we do to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder – no matter what season we are feeling particularly down? Here are a few tips:

  1. Allow yourself to experience the full range of your emotions. This can include simple mindfulness practices that you incorporate into your daily routine.
  2. Make time for self-care. Purposefully set aside time to relax or engage in activities that make you happy.
  3. Get enough sleep. Warmer weather can bring more activities and plans, so make sure you are prioritizing your sleep, too.
  4. Create a routine. This can help you be more consistent and motivated.
  5. Seek help when you need it. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat

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Sadie Hinkel, Program Director for The Kim Foundation

Sadie Hinkel is the Program Director at The Kim Foundation. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English Education from Morningside University and her Master’s Degree in Writing from Coastal Carolina University. Sadie worked as a high school English teacher for six years, where she realized her passion for advocating for mental health education and awareness. She joined The Kim Foundation in February of 2022 and currently works managing events for the foundation, coordinating volunteer activities, and developing outreach efforts.