Once the holidays are over, the colder weather and shorter days can start to weigh on you. It’s important to keep your spirits up and make your health a priority this time of year. Here are a few scientifically backed ways to feel good mentally and physically during the winter months.
- Go outside. Being outdoors, even in an urban setting, has been shown to improve mood and feelings of positivity in as little as 10- to 15-minute periods.
- Stay in touch with friends and family. People often lessen their communications with loved ones after the holidays, but research says that staying social has been associated with both short- and long-term mental health benefits.
- Get moving. Our psychological well-being is very tied to our physical well-being. During the winter, exercising is especially important because it can help us feel a sense of accomplishment in addition to the physical benefits.
- Take a deep breath. While the holidays are known for being stressful, many experience another kind of stress related to a long stretch of darker, colder days without a break in sight. Practicing deep breathing exercises and meditation can help manage that stress, and allow you to channel emotions in a positive way.