With the onset of winter and the onset in March of spring, a new challenge is emerging in mental health care: the spring transition.
And it can make it harder to keep a healthy work culture.
This is not just an academic issue.
Many people with mental health issues find it difficult to maintain healthy relationships and work environments.
It’s also an ethical one.
For one, the transition to spring can lead to an uptick in workplace harassment and assault.
It can also increase anxiety and depression.
“If you start to see the onset [of winter], it makes you think about how you will be able to deal with the transition,” says Lauren Smith, a mental health educator and author of the book “The Art of Being a Mental Health Coach.”
And it’s especially bad for people with chronic mental illness, as the onset can lead them to overindulge.
Many people with a mental illness will experience symptoms in the spring when they’re transitioning from winter to spring, such as feeling tired, having trouble sleeping, and feeling a sense of “fever,” Smith says.
“It can be very disruptive.”
A spring transition can be difficult to manage for some people, as it can lead people to over-indulging.
But the problem can also be overcome by learning to manage it better.
In her book, “The Mental Health Journey,” Smith discusses strategies for managing spring transitions.
Here are three tips: Keep yourself in check.
“You need to be in a healthy routine,” Smith writes.
“Don’t try to manage your mental health by forcing yourself to make changes.
If you do that, you will find it harder.”
“If you find yourself in a bad mood, be aware of it,” Smith explains.
“If that’s something you’re concerned about, go back to work and talk to your team about it.”
Don’t be overly sensitive.
“I think a lot of people are too sensitive, or overly worried about their mental health,” Smith adds.
Stay alert. “
Just be aware that it will make your life worse.”
“Try to stay awake,” Smith advises.
“When you’re working, the most important thing is not to be distracted.
When you’re out, the least important thing can be that you don’t fall asleep.”
When to call in the troops.
“Be careful when you’re at work,” Smith cautions.
“Some people may be doing things that can make them feel better and feel more in control, but it’s still important to talk to them and to get them help if they need it.”
“A mental health professional will be there to listen,” Smith stresses.
“They can offer advice, but they’re there to be an advocate.”
Smith suggests looking for a mental healthcare provider who has experience working with people with serious mental illnesses, such a a psychologist or psychiatrist.
“The most important tool you have at this point is to ask for help,” she says.