Winter Wellness Tips from Human Resources

Brr, it’s cold outside and you feel stuck inside, which can cause sadness, anxiety and stress. Being emotionally and mentally healthy doesn’t mean never going through bad times or experiencing mental problems. We all go through disappointments, loss and change. The ability to recognize and express your emotions helps avoid depression and negative moods. Having a strong support network that provides encouragement can also help deal with emotional issues.

 

To maintain flexibility and balance in your life when dealing with these issues, try to do the following:

  • Let yourself experience strong emotions
  • Take action to deal with your problems
  • Spend time with loved ones
  • Rely on others and yourself

 

Taking care of your body is a powerful first step towards mental and emotional health. The mind and body are linked. When you improve your physical health, you automatically experience greater mental and emotional well-being.

 

Your daily activities affect the way you feel physically and emotionally.

  • Get enough rest
  • Practice good nutrition
  • Exercise or practice some other means of stress release, such as yoga
  • Get a good dose of sunlight each day. Sunlight helps lift your mood
  • Limit alcohol and cigarette use

 

For additional information on winter wellness, please see About.com’s article 7 Tips to Conquer the Winter Doldrums.