Winter is still in full force and for many people this time of year can be rough, not just physically, but mentally as well. By February many of us and yearning for spring and sunshine, yet it is still snowy, cold and gloomy. Don’t let the winter weather take control of your mental health. Here are some ways you can stay happy, energized and motivated and take control this winter.
Stay Active: This is probably one of the most important ways to stay happy mentally and physically this winter. The colder weather makes it easy to want to hunker down and be a lot more sedentary than in the spring and summer months, but it is important to stay active on a daily basis. This could be a walk around your neighborhood if it is not too cold, or a walk through a shopping mall when the snow is coming down. You may have to be creative and switch up your exercise routine depending on the weather. Try out a new hobby, such as snowshoeing or cross country skiing.
Light Therapy: Many doctors recommend happy lamps to help with winter blues. They have been proven to energize your mood and create a positive outlook on your everyday life.
Eat Healthy: When you aren’t eating a well balanced diet, not only does your energy level drop, your mental health can as well. During the winter months try to incorporate fruits, vegetables and whole grains into your diet as much as possible and steer clear of high fat/sugar foods that can weigh you down.
Get Out: Staying in your house for longer than a couple days at a time can take its toll on your mental health. Even if it’s just getting out to take a quick drive, pick up your kids from school, or a quick trip to walk around the store, it can make all the difference.
Staying healthy mentally goes hand in hand with staying healthy physically. Make sure to take care of yourself and your feet this winter. If you need to make an appointment with Dr. Evan Merrill call our office at 541-776-338 or by filling out our online form.