Winter is a time of hibernation for lots of people in many areas of the country, as cold temperatures and limited daylight hours take their toll on the psyche. There is a period of time where the holidays have passed and spring has yet to arrive. The holidays are over and it seems that there is nothing to look forward to. It can be difficult to stay healthy, from both an emotional and physical standpoint, during this time. Here are some tips to getting through it in a healthy manner.
Step 1: Place realistic expectations on yourself. Avoid the things that depress you, whether they are household projects that have been put off for months or going outside to shovel the snow. Enlist the help of others to complete chores that need to be addressed.
Step 2: Start a fire in the fireplace. This warms the soul and can make you feel more positive and comfortable.
Step 3: Embrace the darkness. Use it as a time to catch up on reading, past season television shows, or even some online surfing. Do indoor tasks that are often neglected during the warmer months. Getting everything in shape before the crocuses start blooming allows a person to spend more time outside during nice weather.
Step 4: Acknowledge any blue feelings and chalk them up to the cold, dreary weather. They will not last forever and soon the outdoors will be abuzz with activity.
Step 5: Exercise in order to get into a more positive mood. Go to the gym or follow along with some exercise DVDs at home. Getting the circulation going is not only good for your heart, it helps to improve your emotional state.
Step 6: Spend time with others rather than hiding alone in the house. If it is too cold to go out, invite the neighbors over for cocktails or a game night. Everyone will have so much fun, they won’t even pay attention to the snow falling.