Changing seasons often bring a sense of self-reflection about your goals, your lifestyle, and areas of improvement – including taking more of a natural health focus for your life. Sometimes our bodies tell us that this is also an ideal time for changes!

Our emotional health can affect every aspect of our lives. Emotional health encompasses how you feel about yourself, your relationships, and the way you manage your feelings. Here are some tips where natural health ideas can make a difference for your emotional health.

Rest and relax – Part of being emotionally healthy comes from getting enough rest. Strive to get a minimum of six, but preferably seven to eight hours of sleep every night.

Careful exercise can relieve stress while boosting your mood. Try yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, walking or any type of movements that make you feel good. Exercise is the antidote to depression and stress. It doesn’t have to interfere with your daily routine, just look for ways to add a little bit more activity into your day. Walk the dog one more time around the park, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or select a parking space further away from the door.

Sunshine happiness – Spend careful time in the sun. Sunlight is a proven mood booster. Just 15 minutes a day can make a big difference, but remember to still use sunscreen to protect your skin.

Practice good nutrition. Learn what types of foods you need to maintain a healthy diet and how to properly prepare them. Changing the way you cook and eat won’t be easy at first, but the more you do it, and see how it affects your mood, and how much more energy you have, the easier it will become.

Stay away from tobacco, drugs and limit the amount of alcohol you consume. These may give you an initial mood boost but it is temporary and can lead to even stronger mood crashes.

Spend time doing positive things for others. Volunteer for something you believe in. Help out at your child’s school or donate time to the local animal shelter. Giving back to your community can make you feel great for days afterwards.

Have fun learning and discovering new things. Take an adult learning class, become a member of a book club, or travel somewhere new. Paint a picture. Walk through a garden. Visit a museum. Take up photography. Admire an interesting architecture style.

Make time to relax and do something just for you. This one is our favorite, because guests who have enjoyed our Day at the Spa have enjoyed a changed outlook on life afterwards. Even a simple foot massage goes a long way in releasing stress and tension, which will improve emotional health.

Taking care of your emotional health through natural, alternative methods can keep your mind sharp, your body healthy, and your emotions in control. Remember, you are in control of your emotional health and only you can make positive changes to it.

And during your self-reflection time, a mini-vacation away may be just the thing to help you make some positive changes! A short visit to our Bed and Breakfast will offer the serene tranquility you might need right now for some healthy life changes.