Calgary’s Mental Health Resources: Spring Edition: Embracing Hope and Renewal

As the snow melts and the days grow longer, Calgary awakens with the vibrant energy of spring. While this season signifies new beginnings and fresh starts, it can also trigger seasonal affective disorder (SAD) for some. Whether you’re flourishing or facing challenges, BetterMe Psychology is here to guide you towards optimal mental wellness.

What’s In This Guide

Spring’s Impact on Mental Health

Spring’s longer daylight hours can be incredibly uplifting, promoting feelings of optimism and motivation. But for those susceptible to SAD, the shift in light patterns can lead to low mood, fatigue, and changes in appetite. Fortunately, according to some Calgary’s Mental Health Resources: Spring Edition there are ways to navigate both the positive and negative aspects of this transitional season!

Available Support Groups: Find Your Community

Calgary’s support group scene is truly flourishing this spring!  Calgary’s Mental Health Resources: Spring Edition has compiled a resourceful list specifically tailored to meet the diverse needs of Calgarians. Whether you’re grappling with anxiety that flares up with increased social engagements during the warmer months, or navigating feelings of loss that can be intensified by spring cleaning or decluttering, there’s a support group out there for you.

You can find in Calgary’s Mental Health Resources: Spring Edition a few groups focusing on:

  • Anxiety Support Groups: Feeling overwhelmed by the pressure to participate in spring activities or the return of social gatherings? Support groups focused on anxiety can equip you with coping mechanisms and strategies for managing those worries.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder Support Groups: Does the shift in daylight hours leave you feeling low on energy and motivation? Connecting with others who understand the challenges of SAD can be incredibly validating and supportive.
  • Depression Support Groups: Spring cleaning can sometimes trigger feelings of inadequacy or low self-esteem. Support groups for depression offer a safe space to share your struggles and develop tools for managing negative thoughts.
  • Grief and Loss Support Groups: Spring can be a time of reflection, and unresolved grief can resurface. Support groups provide a compassionate environment to process your emotions and connect with others who understand what you’re going through.

This is just a glimpse of the many support groups Calgary has to offer. Perhaps you have a busier schedule with extended daylight hours, or maybe you’re looking for evening or weekend meetings to fit your new springtime activities. 

Embrace the Outdoors: Nature’s Therapy

Calgary boasts a wealth of stunning natural spaces. BetterMe encourages you to incorporate outdoor activities into your mental wellness routine. Take a walk or hike through a park, join a free yoga session in the fresh air, or simply sit by a river and soak up the sunshine. Nature has a profound ability to reduce stress and improve mood.

Unwind with Nature Walks & Hikes

  • Explore the vast network of pathways in Nose Hill Park, offering breathtaking city views and diverse wildlife sightings.
  • Lace up your hiking boots and conquer the scenic trails of Elbow Valley Provincial Park, perfect for a challenging yet rewarding outdoor adventure.
  • Take a leisurely stroll along the Bow River Pathway, enjoying the calming sound of flowing water and the vibrant energy of fellow Calgarians enjoying the outdoors.

Find Inner Peace with Outdoor Yoga

  • Many community centres and fitness studios offer free or donation-based outdoor yoga sessions throughout the spring and summer months. Practice mindfulness and connect with your breath amidst the beauty of nature.
  • Feeling more adventurous? Look for Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) yoga classes, offering a unique way to combine exercise and mindfulness on the water.

Embrace Tranquility by the River

  • Find a quiet spot by the Bow River or the Elbow River and simply soak up the sunshine. Let the gentle sounds of nature wash away your worries and allow yourself to feel grounded and present.
  • Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a light lunch by the river, savoring the fresh air and the changing scenery.

Remember, even small doses of nature can have a significant impact on your mental well-being. So, lace up your shoes, grab a friend, or simply find a quiet corner of a park.

Distress Centre & Crisis Lines: Always There for You

If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis, most of Calgary’s Mental Health Resources: Spring Edition reminds you that help is always available. The Distress Centre operates 24/7 and can be reached by phone at 403-266-4357. You can also text 9-8-8 to connect with the Suicide Crisis Helpline. Don’t hesitate to reach out – trained professionals are there to listen and support you.

Clinic-Specific Services: Tailored Support Throughout Spring

At BetterMe Psychology, we understand that navigating mental health challenges can be especially complex when language barriers exist.  That’s why we offer multilingual therapy services, ensuring effective communication and a comfortable environment for everyone on their mental wellness journey

Remember, taking care of your mental health is crucial, just like the spring season is vital for nature’s renewal. BetterMe Psychology is here to empower you to blossom throughout the season. Let’s embrace the hope and potential that spring brings!