During the winter months, it can be challenging to adjust to the lack of sunlight and change in both weather and productivity. When there is a decreased amount of sunlight, it can impact your body in several ways – including less interest in your typical hobbies, more sluggish moods, and an overall lack of energy. Yet, with an increased emphasis on social distancing and wellness, it can feel more isolating to have less social interaction and activity with the gray days.
Despite the changes in how communication and activities look different, it is crucial to adapt to the challenges. Fortunately, there are plenty of new ways to stay active and productive this time of year.
Health & Wellness
During the winter months, safety fears and a drop in temperature can prevent people from working out consistently. However, removing regular exercise from your routine can make it harder to jump- back in. Working out can help strengthen your immune system and have a positive impact on your physical and mental health.
If the weather conditions are poor or you do not wish to work out in a public gym, there are plenty of ways to stay active near home. Whether investing in a yoga mat, going for a walk (weather permitting), or biking to work, making the time to get in exercise can help long-term. Prioritize to get as much sunshine as possible, – a good walk or outdoor activity can be great for your mental health.
With the lack of in-person activities and visits, it can be an ongoing challenge to feel connected during this time of year. However, with technology, there are some ways to help try and maintain a connection. Whether sending messages or having video calls, staying up-to-date with friends and family can help provide a mood boost for the day.
Although social activities during the winter months have changed, there are unique ways to host your favorite in-person events – from a distance. Host a movie night virtually and video chat during the viewing. Some streaming services even include Group Watch features to have virtual, real-time movie nights. If you want to host a game night, several popular cards and board games are now available in app form.
Every person needs a regular sleeping pattern, but this is especially crucial during the winter months. One way to help get into this healthier habit is by maintaining a schedule or routine to help create a sense of normalcy. With the lack of motivation during these colder months, it can be impactful to invest in your favorite hobbies and make time for your happiness.
Outside of exercise, another way of helping reduce stress is through meditation and yoga. Whether a quick morning routine or a guided meditation, taking the time for you and your physical and mental well-being is helpful to reduce your winter blues. Practicing a healthy routine makes a positive impact in the long run. It is important to take the time to stay connected with others and – most importantly – yourself.