When the cold season rolls around, so can the feelings of being blue, depressed, or generally sluggish. These feelings can ruin your days by making them feel overwhelmingly exhausting. You may seem to have little to no energy to motivate yourself and function normally.
How should you care for yourself during this time?
Self-care is the answer.
What exactly is self-care? It includes activities that improve your mental, emotional, and physical health.
Most of the images on social media related to self-care are about indulgent luxury baths, decadent spa visits, or exotic trips. However, this wellness practice doesn't have to be expensive.
Here are some of our top hacks to manage your emotions for a better emotional and mental state this winter.
1. Disconnect and recharge
You may not always manage to take paid time away from work, but you can carve time out of your day for small breaks (me time).
For instance, you can walk all, or part, of the way to and from work rather than taking the bus or cab. This can also be applied to going to a friend's house, church, a restaurant, etc. (There's rarely such a thing as "bad weather", just bad clothing for the weather.)
As you walk, pay attention to what's around you - plants, animals, colors, the shape of clouds, etc. You'll be surprised how much you often take for granted.