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Winter Blues by Chelsea LeCates M.A.

It’s cold and dark at 5:00, and Christmas is over; how do you cope? January can be a challenging time of the year for those who can’t hibernate alongside Yogi Bear. Some people face seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that typically occurs in winter. Others may experience less intense “winter blues” symptoms during this time. If someone is hoping to stave off these symptoms, they might have to become more intentional in supporting their mental health.

One way to support mental health in the winter is to find activities that bring joy and social connection. Instead of taking a dip in the ocean, people can enjoy nature in local and state parks. Some parks have playgrounds, hiking trails, basketball courts, and skate ramps. Grab a coat, mittens, and a friend to help you enjoy these free parks. If snow comes, you can enjoy snow angels, making snowmen, sledding, and much more winter fun. Winter is a great time to hit the ice-skating rinks with friends or embrace the season with the Winter Wonder display at nearby Longwood Gardens.

For those who’d rather avoid exposure to the cold, there are many indoor places to get you and your friends moving. Options like bowling, trampoline parks, and ax-throwing can be fun for small groups. Maybe your family would like to relax and watch a movie with hot chocolate in hand. If you enjoy hosting, consider a crockpot potluck for delicious and warm community time.

At the time of this blog, the day is 9.5 hours long. If you find your motivation declines as the sun descends, it’s important to take advantage of daytime hours. Using a weather app is a great way to keep track of sunrise and sunset times if you are trying to squeeze in the joy. Remember, the days are gradually getting longer again. Make the most of your winter with joy-driven intentionality.

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