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Here is this week's question:
How do you beat the Winter Blues?
Here we are in January. The holidays are over, winter is upon us, and sometimes the long, dark winter days are downright depressing. I know I am not the only one who struggles a bit during winter, and this year is particularly hard as I am still battling daily with the grief over losing my mom, especially after the first holiday season without her. Now I know it would be easy to grab a blanket and wallow in my sadness, but I am not going to do that. Instead, I am going to pull on my big girl panties and stave off those pesky winter blues. How am I going to do that, I will tell you.
Stay Busy: One of the best cures for depression is to be active. The more time you spend sitting around doing nothing, the more time you have to think. So I choose to keep busy. I try to stay busy and active as much as I can to keep my mind busy and to make me tired so I am not lying wide away at night. Consider volunteering, just be a busy bee.
Put Away the Decorations: If you haven't gotten around to taking down your holiday decorations, get it done. There is nothing worse than seeing holiday lights and decorations long after the holidays are over, it is a sad reminder that another holiday season has come and gone. I am one who gets my stuff down within a couple of days after Christmas. There is something soothing about returning to the normal routine after the stress of the holidays, and I like starting the New Year with a clean house.
Eat Healthy: Another no brainer, but sometimes we need a reminder. I know we all tend to indulge during the holidays, promising to get back on the diet and exercise routine in the New Year. Hopefully, you didn't got too far overboard. If you haven't done it yet, do it now, just like the decorations, it is time to get rid of all the holiday treats and junk food. If you make it a priority to eat better, you will feel better, and hopefully a healthier diet will help you stave off winter sickness.
Exercise: I can hear the groans. I am guilty of not always likening exercise or wanting to, but again, once I get in the routine and I do it, I feel so much better. I have made it a priority over the last few months to exercise regularly and it really does help my mood, and I feel better and sleep better.
Happy Activities: Be good to yourself and reward yourself with things you love to do. Whether it be reading a good book, watching favorite tv shows, or doing crafts and hobbies. Find what relaxes you and makes you happy. Especially since we tend to be cooped up more than we like to during this time of year.
So these are my tried and true methods of fighting off Winter blues. What about you all, what do you do to stay healthy and happy during Winter?
Next week's TMST:
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