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Guard your mental health against winter blues

Topic: News

When the temperatures are cold and gray days go on seemingly for weeks, winter months equate to seasonal affective disorder, a category of depression that affects 10 million Americans according to Psychology Today.

This year, that condition referred to as SAD, has multiple other factors impacting our mental health including months of stress and anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social and political unrest. Those external factors which we have no control over can lead to feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. Symptoms of SAD include feeling depressed, losing interest in activities you once enjoyed, having problems with sleep, and experiencing changes in appetite or weight.

Coincidentally, the third Monday in January is dubbed “Blue Monday” because the weather is usually miserable, highs of the holidays are replaced by the lows of credit card bills and days are short. While there is no actual data supporting Jan. 18 is the most depressing day, it is an opportunity to address and spread key messages about mental health.

Guard your mental health

There’s been a great deal of attention placed on mental health over the past year given the toll taken on our minds with all that’s been happening worldwide. Similar to precautions we take to keep our bodies healthy, guarding our mental health is equally as important.

Take inventory of your feelings

Acknowledge and respect your feelings and don’t beat yourself up over them. Rely on a trusted person to talk about them. Remember that feelings aren’t right or wrong, they just are.

Get active

Exercise is a natural mood-booster. Make time for one physical activity each day and commit to doing it for one month to experience the results.

Guard your mental health

There’s been a great deal of attention placed on mental health over the past year given the toll taken on our minds with all that’s been happening worldwide. Similar to precautions we take to keep our bodies healthy, guarding our mental health is equally as important.

Take inventory of your feelings

Acknowledge and respect your feelings and don’t beat yourself up over them. Rely on a trusted person to talk about them. Remember that feelings aren’t right or wrong, they just are.

Get active

Exercise is a natural mood-booster. Make time for one physical activity each day and commit to doing it for one month to experience the results.

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