Feeling Sad? How to cope with the winter blues.

If you live in the New York area as I do, then you are no stranger to the winter months and heavy snowfalls.

For many, the winter months can be extremely tough with earlier sunset, heavy snow, and the onset of seasonal affective disorder. Personally, I can relate to feeling slower in the winter months. I often rush home from work to cuddle up on the couch with chili and hot chocolate in hand.

Finding healthy ways to cope during the winter months is even more important during the lockdown season and current pandemic.

Staying home is our new normal. And understandably so!!

But what can we do to fill the void of socialization and lack of vibrancy that we all miss so much especially in the winter months;

  1. Allow yourself to feel sad about the changes around you. I think it is totally fine to see the difference in your environment and feel a sense of sadness. However, do not be consumed by sadness. Changes can be good.
  2. Make a plan with your friends, co-workers, or family member to get together virtually. I am now so proficient in making video-calls and connecting with family across the US and in Guyana
  3. Try Netflix Party. A group of co-workers and I watched TigerKing together during the lockdown and quite enjoyed it
  4. Pick up a new hobby. Here I am starting a blog. You can do the same!
  5. Learn a new skill. FREE ONLINE LEARNING WITH COURSERA
  6. Get some exercise. Exercising aids in mood improvement and weight control. A simple exercise I recommend is dancing. Put your favorite song on and dance the entire song. Watch your mood improve.
  7. Set aside a time for meditation and mindfulness- whether it is a moment of silence, yoga, or prayer taking the time out to reflect and heal is crucial.

What other things have you found to be fun during the winter months and pandemic lockdown?

If you are completely overwhelmed by everything around you and feeling hopeless, please reach out to a family member, friend, or healthcare provider for further care and support. We are in this together.

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