Spring is supposedly close...

I don’t know where you’re reading this, but if it’s covered in snow I want you to know that with each passing day it’s getting closer to melting. It might seem premature to remind you of this, but yes, spring is coming.

A lot of people have suffered through seasonal affective disorder (SAD) these past few months. For those of you unaware, SAD is our body’s response to the shorter days of the winter season. The modern world’s need to stay up past the sunset has arguably only made it worse, as more and more people spend more and more of their waking hours in darkness or artificial light. I hope that if you have suffered or are suffering from SAD, I hope the coming seasonal change in daylight hours offers you some respite.

The coming spring also gives us another way to have our body turn it’s chemistry around. The warmer weather and longer days mean the fields and forests will be clear enough to get out for some outdoor enjoyment and more waking daylight hours to do so in natural light. I hope that the coming spring brings you and your families many opportunities to engage in what the Japanese call Shirin-Yoku or “forest therapy”. I know that it’s often tempting to believe in quick fixes for some potential serious mental difficulties we might be having, but nevertheless a good plan of attack against mental health issues is to start with the simplest interventions with the least probability of side effects. This holds true even for mental health issues we might be having above and beyond our family lives, such as Psychoterratica, or what has been called nature deficiency disorder; our uniquely modern ailment. There’s little harm to be had taking a walk through the forest or spending a few minutes looking out over a lake, so why not start there?

So this spring, regardless of whether you think you need it or not, I hope you get lots of opportunities to get out in nature.

- Colin McCann, Managing Director

Colin McCann