Mental Health Tips for Winter Days

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As the winter months continue, it can be challenging for many people. Although the days are shorter and we have less exposure to the sun, you can certainly still find ways to stay mentally healthy and happy. Here are some ways to boost your mental and physical health, by incorporating some simple self-care habits into your daily routines. 

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Embrace winter & get outside.

Bundle up and get outside! Exercise is not only healthy for your body, but for your mind as well. Even a quick 15-minute walk in the brisk winter air can boost your energy, improve your mood and help you sleep better. Get outside with the family, go for a walk, build a snowman, or find a skating trail. Understand that your physical health and mental health are connected and it’s important to stay active. 

Gratitude Journaling

The start of a new year is a great time to reflect and make space for feelings of gratitude. Take a couple of minutes, at the beginning or end of your day, to think of things you are grateful for. Start a new journal for the year and look up some gratitude journal prompts. With everything we all have going on in our lives, this is a great opportunity to recognize the good around us.

Meditate and be mindful.

Begin each morning with a 10-minute meditation. It will start your day on a calm note and clear your mind of the stresses of the day. You can find many guided meditations online. Other ways you can be mindful and check in with your body are to listen to your fav music, go for a brisk walk, do some yoga, or write out some positive affirmations.

Stay connected & reach out for help.

Maintain your social interaction with others as the winter season continues. It’s important to reach out to your support system if you feel like you’re struggling. The winter months can be hard on one’s mental health, so find someone that you trust. 

Taking care of your mental health year-round is important. Winter can be a difficult time for many people, so we encourage you to make a self-care plan. 

To your Balanced health,

The Balanced Company