Colder Month Tips for Optimal Mental and Physical Health
Often, it’s easy to feel less motivated during the winter months. Whether it’s the harsh, cold weather or the fact that the sun sets by five, the winter blues end up being inevitable. Not only that, but we tend to spend more time indoors during this season, which can impact both your physical and mental health.
The team here at Astera Cancer Care has some important tips to take with you this winter to help take care of your body and mind all season long.
Pick Up a New Hobby
While it’s easy to fall into the wintertime habit of binge-watching television shows and streaming the latest content, it’s not always the best for your health. But, with your extra time indoors, it can be the perfect time to pick up a new hobby. Hobbies are great ways to stimulate your mind, guiding you towards feelings of accomplishment and providing you with goals that can increase joy. It’s also a great way to release stress, with both creative and physical activities as options.
Consider taking up a sport that you enjoyed as a kid or a hands-on, creative activity that will spark joy when completed. Whether that’s crochet or journaling, there are so many ways to keep away those winter blues while stuck indoors.
Go For Walks
The colder months pose incredible challenges in physical activity and exercise. However, if you commit to walking at least once a day for ten minutes, it can increase blood flow to your brain and body, leading to happier moods in general. Not only that, but it is physically good for you. Walking daily can help increase energy, assist in weight loss, and even make it easier to fall asleep at night.
When it comes to winter, it’s essential to ensure you’re showing yourself the same support and kindness that you would show others. Winter is the cold and flu season, which means it’s even more important for you to take care of your body and mind.
Get lots of sleep, drink plenty of water, and try to reframe negative thoughts or emotions. With how easy it is for your mood to fluctuate, showing yourself a little compassion while keeping healthy is key to optimal mental and physical health this season.
Get Regular Check-Ups
It’s easy to fall behind on your health during winter, as the cold weather can often make it harder to want to leave the house. But, staying on top of your regular physician visits and check-ups can be the key to a fully healthy winter period. If you have a family history of certain diseases or you haven’t had a visit in a while, be sure to prioritize your health and make an appointment today!