Similarly, spring is a wonderful time to make some longer-lasting improvements in the form of sprucing up your house. Choose projects that are appropriate for the space and budget you have.
Sure, it would be nice if you could build a new house or completely redo your landscaping, but a number of factors make this impractical. Focus on the small changes that lead to big results.
Paint your front door a vibrant color that will boost your mood each time you walk through. Plant some evergreen shrubs to give you color throughout the year. Clean off and repaint your outdoor furniture that has grown dingy and faded over the years.
Renewing and revitalizing the things around you has the ability to do the same for the world inside you.
Plan a Picnic
Exploring and enjoying the world can be, but does not have to be, a solitary endeavor. If you have been successful completing the items above, celebrate by inviting friends, family and neighbors over for a picnic.
Don’t have the space? Plan to meet at the park or a grassy patch down the street. Share your newfound love of spring with the people in your life. This will add a social component that is needed following the isolation common in winter.
You may find that your loved ones are struggling with their own feelings of depression. If this is the case, invite them to share in your future spring experiences. Helping others is another way to fight back against depression.
Avoid the expense and planning of a large event by having simple foods and drinks to share while socializing on blankets. You could forgo food altogether by organizing a walking tour of your neighborhood. You can discuss the new perspectives discovered through your spring project.
Use the change in weather as an opportunity to mark a change in your life. By acknowledging the impact of a long winter, you begin to looking forward to solutions.
Getting out in the natural beauty of the outdoors while exercising, nurturing life, improving your home and reconnecting with friends will do much to curtail the progress of depression.
With hard work and persistence, a happier you will burst forth like a tulip breaking ground.