7 Ways to Stay Sane During the Cold Winter Months

Friday, January 24, 2020

Winter has descended and in some areas, it's proving to be a long cold one. When the days grow shorter and the temperatures start to drop, people find themselves having to stay inside a whole lot more. This can lead to everything from weight gain to depression. Here are some sure-fire ways to beat the winter blues.

Get Outdoors as Much as Possible

Most people tend to stay inside where it's cozy and warm during the harsh winter months. While there's nothing wrong with that, you should try to get outdoors whenever possible. Even if it's just a brisk walk around the block when the sun is shining, you'll feel much better physically and mentally if you get some sort of exercise.

Stock up on Comfort Foods

From gifts for chocolate lovers to steaming bowls of homemade chicken soup, there's a lot to be said for comfort foods to help you make it through the winter. Indulging in your favorite, healthy comfort foods can go a long way towards lifting depression in the winter months. Remember to supplement the foods that are bad for you with plenty of healthy comfort foods and you're set for a cozy winter indeed.

Drive Safely in the Snow and Ice

The snow may be pretty coming down and even when it is white and pristine out your living room window. However, it's not as pretty when you have to get out and drive in it. It's important to follow all safety precautions for driving in the snow and ice to avoid accidents that could land you in the emergency room or worse.

Take Steps to Beat the Winter Blues

Sadly, as gorgeous as winter can be, it's also responsible for many people becoming depressed due to the limited outdoor activity and the shorter days. You can combat this by focusing on what is positive about winter and staying as active as you can. This is especially important if you work from home, and don't get out on a daily basis. If you find yourself becoming extremely depressed, then it's best to make an appointment with your primary health care provider for treatment for the winter blues.

Prepare for Storms Wisely

Every year, it seems more and more likely for a snowstorm to hit and strand people for days, sometimes even weeks. Preparing for these likely storms will keep you physically safe and sane during the storms and the aftermath. Put together an emergency kit for your car and for your home. Make sure to have plenty to do during the time that you're snowed in, with plenty of food, and the ability to stay productive, especially if you work from home. Being prepared will go a long way towards keeping you and your family safe, both mentally and physically should a storm hit your area.

Take a Vacation

If at all possible, maybe you can schedule an off-season vacation if it's super-cold where you live. Not only will it get you out of the cold, dark, snowy winter, it will give you time to recharge for the spring ahead. There are many balmy, tropical areas that offer deep discounts in the winter months, so you can afford to take a vacation on almost any budget.

Stay Healthy and Avoid Illnesses

With the winter comes flu season and that can be dangerous and deadly for everyone involved. Take the proper precautions to keep you and your family from contracting the flu, colds, or any of the other illnesses that circulate during the winter months. Proper handwashing, getting a flu shot, and staying home when you're sick yourself are key ways to prevent these illnesses from settling into your home.

Follow these tips for staying sane throughout the winter months, and remember, chin up because spring will soon rear its head once again.

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