Winter is Coming! An astounding estimated one in five Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Those gloomy, cold weeks will cause you to become lethargic, lose interest in social activities, and have you clawing through your pantry for a carb and sugar overload just before crashing for (another) afternoon nap. Don’t let the Winter Blues get the best of you this year!
Take your pick and try some of these tips to stay sunny through the snow.
Find a New Hobby
Take advantage of being inside! Discover a new instrument, put your skills to the test in a new card game, gather up some craft supplies and see what you can create. You’ve also been eyeing that recipe on Pinterest for months- now’s the time to try it!
Volunteer in the Community
There are very few things that bring more joy than serving those in need. Check out your local shelter, food pantry, retirement homes, soup kitchen, hospitals, Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club, and other organizations for service opportunities.
There’s no secret that endorphins will lift your mood. Whether it be an intense EWOT challenge or a brisk walk in your neighborhood, you’re guaranteed a better day after you get your body moving. On those tough days, give yourself an incentive. Reward yourself with a treat after reaching a goal- like a PEMF recovery appointment, a healing massage or even just a night out.
Discover Winter Produce
Winter doesn’t just mean cookies and sweet bread. Squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, radishes, and eggplant are just a few winter-friendly ingredients you can add to a new hearty, cozy stew.
You are not designed for hibernation. Invite your friends over for home made fondue, catch up with an old acquaintance, or bring your coworker to join you in a HOCATT Ozone Therapy session.
Other suggestions on kicking the Winter Blues:
Take a bubble bath
Drink lots of water
Take a class (dance, cooking, music, pet training; the possibilities are endless!)
Skip the caffeine
Make your bed every day
Take the stairs
Keep a journal
The weather may get dreary but that doesn’t mean your mood has to be. Can’t wait to see you this winter!