Beat the Winter Blues – Tips to Stay Mentally in Check

We’re almost halfway through November and you know what that means – winter is coming! For many people, cold weather tends to hinder motivation and productivity, causing the “winter blues.” If you live in an area that’s prone to a ton of snow, you especially know how stressful winter could be. Research points to a connection between stress, mental health and heart health, so, to help you beat the winter blues, we’ve included some tips to consider this season:

Keep your body moving. With colder temperatures and less outdoor activities, people tend to be more stationary in the winter, but it’s important to keep your body moving. Before or after work (or on your lunch break!) try taking a short walk. Adding some exercise into your routine will help you feel better mentally and physically. If you don’t want to join a gym or travel outside as frequently, you can still stay in shape indoors. Try online workout videos– many are free and easy to do, even in a small bedroom!

Add brightness to your day. With the lack of sunlight in the winter, it’s not uncommon for an individual’s mood to be affected. You may feel groggy, lose motivation, or have trouble climbing out of bed. In order to combat this, add some brightness into your routine. When the sun does decide to shine, try to take a walk or at least open the window shades. If natural light is not the cure, try adding some bright lights inside your home or office. 

Prioritize sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep should be a necessity, not a luxury. If you don’t get enough sleep, it could greatly affect your mood, emotions, and even your heart health. It can be difficult to start but try sticking to a regular sleep routine. Before you head to bed, it’s important to relax as much as you can and avoid stimulation – including technology. To help you fall asleep, try meditating, reading, or writing – and stop scrolling on that iPhone!

Try something new and do what you love. It’s important to set time aside to do what you love. Whether it’s a daily activity, traveling, spending time with family and friends, or trying something new – keep yourself motivated and engaged. Enjoy quality time with your loved ones and plan a day trip to a local museum or nearby city. If you’re due for a vacation, getaway! The holidays are also a great time to volunteer and give back to your community. 

The cold weather makes it easy to spend the majority of your time indoors, but it’s important put your mental (and heart) health first. When you’re feeling blue this winter, consider these tips. The holidays are a time for friends, family, and lots of laughs, so take the time to enjoy them!

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