During the winter months, it’s common for many people to feel down, exhausted, and more irritable. It’s the long, dark days that are often to blame, which can take a serious toll on our mental health. Thankfully, there are many ways you can help to manage those emotional ups and downs during the colder months. Here are some tips to help you.
Make Exercise a Priority
Whether it’s going skating, cross country skiing, doing a workout at home, or even going out for a walk around the neighbourhood, it’s important to make exercise a priority during the winter. Even though it can be a major challenge to get motivated during the winter, keeping active in some way can be a major mood booster.
Learn Something New
Our brains are designed to learn. So choose something to focus on and learn during the winter months. Take an online class, read up on a subject that interests you, learn how to play an instrument, or try out some new recipes. Learning stimulates our brain and distracts negative patterns of thinking.
As humans, we are intrinsically social. We need human interaction to be at our best! Though it might be challenging to stay social during the winter, especially nowadays, there are still many ways to keep in touch with family and friends online. Set up a weekly video chat, organize an online games night, and do whatever you can to stay connected to others.
Just because it’s cold out, it doesn’t mean we can’t get outside to soak up the sunshine and fresh air. Even spending a few minutes out in nature can significantly improve both our physical and mental health. Make a plan during the mildest part of the day when the sun is shining to bundle up and go for a walk. This is a very effective way to help clear your mind and lighten your spirits.
The winter is a harsh and challenging season for most of us, so go easy on yourself. Listen to what your body and mind need and take time to care for yourself. Plan some personal time to do things that bring you joy. Give yourself a facial, take a long soothing bath, throw on some uplifting music or get creative.
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