It’s that time of the year again. The Christmas celebrations are over and the decorations have come down. The days are short, the nights are long and the winter is really only just getting started. COVID19 isn’t helping any one enjoy winter either. So what should we do? Here are some tips stolen from the internet that may help you Fight the Winter Blues through the next few months:

  • Cut yourself some slack. It’s normal to feel tired and lazy in the winter. Go to bed early or relax. It’s ok, I give you permission to be kind to yourself.
  • Brighten up your environment. Turn on the lamps or your light therapy lamps. Bring some bright cheerful colours into your home with fresh flowers, throw pillows and blankets. The best way to brighten things up is to go outside! 
  • Change your mindset. Winter isn’t all bad. Find the positive in the season and embrace it. For example, go for a walk in the snow. Get your ice skates out and check out the MacGregor Point Provincial Park skating loop. Sit by the fire with a warm drink. Grab a few friends and go out for a nice quiet lunch. 
  • Catch up on projects. We’re way too busy in the summer to focus on the little projects around our homes and winter is the perfect time to complete them. Whether it’s painting that room you’ve been talking about for years, or finishing that craft project you started last winter, get to it! 
  • Help others. Volunteers are always needed in Grey/Bruce for a variety of different things. Why not lend your capable (but maybe a bit tired) hand to help others that need you?

However you decide to spend your winter (you really should paint that room), just know that you are not alone. There are millions of people right now feeling the winter blues, just like you. 

If you feel your symptoms are more severe than normal, please immediately call your family doctor, mental health professional or the suicide hotline at 1-833-456-4566 (24/7/365).

Happy Winter Friends!

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