by Carole Brown
Flu! Colds! Draggy! Depressed! Just totally worn out!
Has winter and the “illnesses” associated with this season caught up with you? Do you find yourself wishing Spring would put its running shoes on and get a head start?
So do I at times. Here are some tips to help keep you mentally healthy during the long, dreary months of winter:
- Get plenty of rest. And yes, I know we get so busy at times that our immune systems weaken and that’s why viruses and colds and the flu catch us “unaware.” Make sure you get the sleep your body requires.
- Stay active. Many who don’t particularly enjoy winter and cold, hibernate inside, and that’s okay, sometimes. But don’t forget to get some exercise even inside your residence. Don’t let the cold encourage you to neglect the walking, running, or whatever you are so faithful to during good weather. Climb the stairs, do sit ups, run in place, use your exercise machines, buy an exercise video, or whatever else works for you.
- Stay active mentally. As those who know me know, I’m an advocate for making lists. Not only do they keep you organized, but they are encouragement in what I call mind-happiness. So make your lists, add some things for fun, and then check those items off as you finish them. You’ll find your mind feels more relaxed and your body less stressed.
- Get out. Visit with friends and family. Go to some activities for fun and work. Volunteer. Find a fun temporary job (if you’re older). Go out to eat and if you’re by yourself, study the scenes around you. Go out to lunch at a nearby cafe, if you’re an author, for lunch and take your laptop or tablet, and write while sipping your favorite beverages.
Make your own sunshine! What? Yep. Don’t let the cloudy skies get you down. Stay positive by staying active, getting involved, make your lists, get plenty of rest and think of others. Even implementing a few of these will cheer your heart, put a sparkle in your eyes and a little warmth in your cheeks. Before you know it, Spring will have sprung!
How do you overcome the winter time blues?
P.S. Coming the next two Fridays: some great hints on staying healthy physically!