Winter is in full swing with all of its glory. The days are shorter, the nights are colder, and the mammal in me wants to curl up by the fire in a warm cave and hibernate.
Even the best of us can come down with a case of cabin fever from time to time. Some people call this “the Winter Blues,” typically characterized by mild depression, lack of motivation, and low energy during this chilly season. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do either to prevent the blues or to get yourself back to normal if they’re already here.
Beating the Winter Blues means taking care of not just our physical self, but also our mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. Although people may act as if all these parts act independently, they’re actually vitally connected. Each area is critically important and must be properly nurtured. If one area is neglected, it will have an adverse effect on the others.
Here is a list of 4 Wintervention questions that will help you beat the Winter Blues:
1. How do you maintain your spiritual health? For me, the disciplines which play an important role in maintaining my spiritual health include prayer, meditation, studying sacred texts, and worshiping within a community of faith.
2. How can you enhance your mental and emotional health? I do this by journaling, keeping my forgiveness up to date, talking with close friends, reading novels, and doing fun things like seeing movies (cinema therapy!), going to concerts, shopping, or getting my hair and nails done. I also find it therapeutic to play my guitar and write songs. Maybe you enjoy other things—like painting, cooking, taking a bubble bath, playing video games, or engaging in some hobby that replenishes your emotional tank.
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