Self-Care and Mental Health Tips To Help Get You Through The Winter

Let’s face it, when the fall comes, the days get shorter, the nights get longer and the weather gets colder. These are all factors that could cause us to want to stay in, binge watch movies, and perhaps feel a little down. Here at Intown Primary Care, we want to help you feel better during this fall and winter season. Let’s start by taking care of our minds. Psychiatric care is key when maintaining a healthy lifestyle if battling depression. We believe that healthy living starts with the mind first. Here are some ways to help cope with depression during the cold season.

  1. Stay Active. It’s tempting to want to stay warm and cozy and not move. Find time each day to be active. Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.
  2. Say “Hello to Sunshine!" Go outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible, especially at midday and on brighter days. Inside your home, don’t be afraid to open the curtains or blinds to let a little sunshine in. By choosing a pale color palette for interior design, you can help reflect more natural light in the home.
  3. Eat Healthy. You are what you eat! Maintaining a healthy diet will provide you with more energy, place you in a better mood, and help prevent excessive weight gain. When you have a carb craving, eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. This will satisfy your hunger and boost your metabolism.
  4. Make Time for Fun. Work or life may have you busy but it is important to the take time to unwind with family and friends. It's been shown that socializing is good for your mental health and helps ward off the winter blues. Accept the next dinner party invite and laugh until your tummy aches.

Seek help-If your symptoms are so bad that you can't live a normal life, see your Intown Primary Care, for medical help.