🥶 Tips for Coping with Winter 🥶
Here in the NorthEast January-March is typically when winter becomes oppressive. The magical warmth of the holidays is over, the bitter cold and Nor’Easter snowstorms settle in. For those that suffer from Season Affective Disorder symptoms peak. And everyone, regardless of mental health functioning, feels the gloom and doom to some extent. 🥺 So how to cope ... ☀️ Seek the light. Find sunshine whenever it’s available. Sit near the window and absorb the sun rays for 30 min. No sun? Turn the lights up in your home. Struggle with SAD? Consider a light therapy box. 📚 Embrace the cozy. Snuggle up with your favorite blanket, warm food/drink, or your favorite book/journal. (This is my FAV 🙌🏼) 💊 Take your Vitamins and Supplements, especially Vitamin D and those aimed at enhancing brain functioning. I take my nootropics daily, a focused brain and good mood go hand in hand! 🌬 Get some fresh air. Remember exposure to cold air helps engage our Vagus nerve which decreases states of anxiety! 🏃🏽♀️ 30 min of daily movement or exercise releases happy endorphins. I love to turn on happy music 🎶 and have a dance party with my kids. 👭 Connect with others. We can isolate ourselves during the winter. In the words of Brene Brown- “We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering.” So call or text a friend. Have a coffee date. Sit in the presence of others and be open to conversation. Don’t have anyone to connect with? Message me, I love to chat!
What are your favorite ways to cope with winter blues?