Enjoy A Wintertime Mental Health Day

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Frigid temperatures, overcast skies, and early evening darkness come around every
winter, sending some of us into a melancholy mood. What can you do to beat the winter
blahs, and get back to your normal self? That’s where winter self-care comes in. Self-
care is a year-round undertaking, but it becomes especially important during the cold
winter months.

Warm Up

The weather outside may be terrible, but inside the house is always nice. Take a day to
enjoy all things warm and cozy. Start out with a nice hot shower or bath, then slip into
some clean, comfortable clothing. Then, grab a nice hot beverage, such as cocoa, tea,
or coffee. Take it to the couch with you, and curl up under a big soft blanket. There, you
can read, watch television, or enjoy a long winter’s nap. Do what makes you feel your
best.

Get Active

All rested up from your nap? Great. If the weather cooperates, you can bundle up and
get outside to enjoy the fresh air and take a walk. If not, head to your local indoor gym
and climb onto the treadmill or bike. Can’t make it out of the house? Get on your feet
right where you are. There are plenty of free workout videos available online. Or, you
can always put on your favorite music, and dance around your house. Getting physically
active helps get the blood flowing, and releases feel-good endorphins into your system.

Take Care of Your Skin

The cold winter winds can be harsh on your skin. So, when you get back from being
outside, be sure to care for your skin properly. Apply your favorite moisturizer as often
as you like during those winter days. This will keep your skin from becoming overly dry
and irritated. Don’t neglect those forgotten areas, like the lips, cuticles, and feet,
because they will need moisture as well. After you slather on your moisturizer, slip into a
pair of clean pajamas and soft socks to seal the moisture in.

Look for the Positive

Yes, it’s cold and dark outside. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Choose to be
inspired by the wintry scene outside your window, rather than letting it get you down.
Remember the beauty of snow and ice as it falls. The nights are long and peaceful in
the winter, which turns our bodies and mind toward getting some well-deserved rest.
Just as the animals and plants have gone dormant for the season, so should we use
winter as a time of quiet reflection, so we can recharge and prepare ourselves for the
days ahead.

Winter comes around every year, reminding us to retreat within. As we snuggle beneath
our blankets to escape the cold, we should remember to nurture our bodies and minds.
Take the time to do the things you enjoy, things which will lift your spirits no matter what
the weather may be. When we do these things, we will be well on our way to achieving
the perfect balance of winter self-care.

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