It has been one scary and unpredictable year. With winter snapping at our heels, it’s no wonder people are starting to feel the pressure and stress that comes with the season. So how do you prepare your mind, body and soul for continuing to do your best at work, when you’re experiencing the winter blues?
There are several ways to help ward off the extra dose of anxiety and depression that this time of year can bring; and the more you do for your mental health, the more your body will react.
Bring in the light
Light therapy is a helpful resource to use when the sun goes down at 3pm and you’re still at work in the pitch black. Bring on the light and hopefully a brighter winter. Using a HappyLight exposes you to light similar to sunlight and is proven to be better than household or office artificial light. It changes the biochemistry in your brain and improves mood and anxiety. If you work at home or in the office, expose yourself to as much light therapy as possible.
It may be the last thing you want to do.. but, the benefits of getting outside or doing curl ups at your desk will help you more than you know. Small amounts of exercise releases endorphins that will power you through the winter icks. Make a plan to exercise for 20mins a day, in any way you can.
Decorate the office
In the past you may have never volunteered to decorate the office with holiday cheer. However, just like going to the grocery store, the tasks that once felt so menial can actually be the highlight of the week. Make the space where you work a place of joy.
Be social in a safe way
This year has made socializing with friends and family difficult but keeping that connection during winter is crucial. If you would normally catch up with a friend after work, schedule in time for Facetime meet-up. You can wear your pajamas and still be social, it’s the perfect combination! Knowing that there is something to look forward to is the perfect cure for the bah-humbugs.
However long this literal and physical winter lasts, a few little tips and tricks in your daily routine can make a big difference in your physical and mental health.