Healthy Habits

Beating the Blues

Content provided by the GBS Health & Wellness Team

The beginning of the year can be an exciting fresh start and a great time to set goals. Although it can be a refreshing beginning, it is common to experience a level of post-holiday depression and winter blues. During this transition, it’s important to embrace rather than endure the changes by finding unique ways to stay healthy during the cold, winter months.

Physical – The immune system is how the body fights off sickness and often works overtime during the winter. Develop a routine of washing hands regularly, drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated, and taking vitamins to keep the immune system strong.

Intellectual – Set goals or resolutions at the beginning of the year. Setting goals provides a sense of purpose, can trigger new behaviors, and helps sustain momentum in life. Goal setting is a great way to guide focus and gives something to work towards in order to beat the winter blues.

Emotional – Focus on a change of mindset this year to embrace rather than endure the winter season. Find ways to remain positive and centered through meditation and mindfulness.

Social – Research local events, fairs, or fundraisers to be social in the cooler weather. Invite friends to try something new like snowshoeing or bundle up and go for a walk together when the weather is good. Try to find social activities that still allow for physical distancing.

Environmental – Research the effectiveness of different kinds of masks. Be prepared and always keep a mask in the car, coat pocket, or purse in order to offer protection when going out in public.

Financial – Brainstorm effective ways to save money during the colder months. Try grocery pickup rather than wandering the aisles of the grocery store. This can help avoid impulse purchases and require effective planning for meals and snacks.

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