While winter brings snow days, sledding, hot cocoa, and snuggling up by the fire, sometimes it can also bring isolation, fatigue, and in some cases depression. Whether you call it #TheWinterBlues or #SeasonalDepression, we have some suggestions to help you stay healthy during winter - take a look!
| Surround yourself with people |
Winter can make us feel like staying in and isolating ourselves. Try to break away from that pull! While hibernation can be rejuvenating, make plans with friends and engage with the outside world. Just being in a place other than your home can be energizing!
Winter is a great for dedicating time for family! 👉👉👉
| Get some sun |
Sun exposure is the easiest way for us to get Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps to regulate the immune system and release neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin - aka, the stuff that makes you feel motivated and happy). Even though it's cold outside, take a 15 minute walk or invest in a sun lamp.
| Stick to a schedule |
The dark, winter months can encourage sleepiness, procrastination, and inactivity. If you catch yourself falling off your usual schedule, create a calendar or set reminders on your phone to help keep you on track!
| Focus on eating clean |
Instead of immediately going for the quickest, easiest, or most comforting option, take a minute and ask yourself, "how is this going to make me feel?" Try to keep your pantry balanced with guilt-free + enjoyable foods!
Need an easy, guilt-free snack? Pop 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag for 2 - 3 minutes or until popping has stopped. Top with a little olive oil and salt and you have a delicious, healthy snack!
| Make art |
Paint the scene outside of your window or try drawing your self-portrait. When you stop and observe the beauty around you, it helps boost your mood and bring you back to the present moment!
| Ask for help |
If you are ever unsure of how to deal with the complicated emotions that come with the change of the seasons, ask someone you trust for help! You are not alone, you can always reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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