I hope that you are feeling healthy as we move through another winter season. Many people experience a flat spot during these months – especially after the holiday rush has settled down.
With short days and frequent weather changes that can limit our exposure to natural light and outdoor activities, it’s easy to get into a funky space.
I read this article written by a behavioral health specialist and wanted to share some of her thoughts about beating winter blues:
Here are six different aspects of well-being, and you can focus on making changes in each during the six months of fall and winter:
Physical – Maintaining your level of exercise and a healthy balanced diet are great ways to elevate your mood and energy levels throughout the winter months. It is also important to regulate your sleep patterns; avoid sleeping during the day and avoid overindulging in caffeine and alcohol. Smile! Your smile can lift your mood as well as the mood of others.
Emotional – Keep a gratitude journal. It’s easy to get sucked into all the parts of the day that aren’t perfect. Instead, make a point to write down what you’re grateful for each day.
Social – Make an effort to keep socializing in a safe way. During COVID-19, many people are feeling isolated – especially older adults. Maintain social relationships by making a phone call, setting up a video chat, sending a letter or even writing a few quick text messages. Checking in on other people can help boost both your spirits and theirs.
Intellectual – We can all think of reasons why we shouldn’t get something done but creating and sticking to a schedule can help you avoid isolation and dwelling on things that make you feel down.
Environmental– Get outside! Even if it’s only for a few minutes, the fresh air and sunshine can help you feel refreshed. Light bulbs that emit a certain wavelength that mimic the vitamin D in sunlight can also be helpful to use periodically.
Vocational – Focus on the positive and try to manage your stress. Do something that relaxes you, like reading a book or taking a bath.
Additionally, while we’re coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s especially important to remember to stay positive. In times of constant negative messaging, strive for a positive attitude and move forward with determination and hope. Engage in activities that are positive, heartwarming, stress-reducing, and laughter-inducing – and remember that we will get through this.
These simple actions can help you stay positive:
Remember that things will not be this way forever.
Remind yourself of what is good in your life.
Watch a funny video.
Look after your neighbors and stay safe.
Take advantage of newfound time.
Practice random acts of kindness.
I hope that you find these ideas useful, and I’d love to hear from you!
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