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Chase Away the Winter Blues

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Many people find winter a challenging season. Here in the northeast, the weather is cold, the days are short, and the nights are long. If you find yourself feeling a bit ‘blah,’ you’re not alone. Ready to chase away the blues? Try these five natural mood boosters and spark some joy in your life.

  1. Socialize with Others

To shake off a little sadness, spend time socializing with other people. Make a date with someone who shares your interests. Visit over a hot drink, take a stroll in nature, enjoy a meal at a favorite restaurant, or tread water at an indoor pool. For feel-good activities, dedicate your spare time to helping others. Check with your local library or community center for volunteer opportunities.

  1. Turn on the Music

Music has a powerful impact on the mind. It can trigger memories and transport you to another time and place. Scientists also believe it can reduce stress hormones, especially when you choose an upbeat and lively tune, making it a natural way to boost your mood. Attend a local concert, play a favorite instrument, turn on your radio, or check out musical recordings and performances online.

  1. Let Food Boost Your Mood

Did you know that food can help raise your spirits? It’s true! Eat a well-balanced diet, avoid skipping meals, and start your day with breakfast. Research has shown correlations between regular breakfast dining and better memory, energy, and feelings of calmness. Some studies suggest foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (such as fish, broccoli, cauliflower, and red kidney beans), selenium (such as saltwater and freshwater fish, some shellfish, lean pork, chicken, eggs, low-fat cottage cheese, and low-fat yogurt), and serotonin (such as fruits, veggies, and whole grains) can improve your mood. Try a new recipe and invite a friend over to enjoy it with you.

  1. Exercise Away the Blues

You know that exercise is essential for your physical health, but there’s significant evidence that it has a positive effect on your mental health as well. When you get moving, you get your blood pumping, which stimulates your body and helps reduce the sluggishness that can come with a bad mood. Take a walk in the fresh air, join a fitness class, or swim in an indoor pool.

  1. Engage in Pet Therapy

A growing body of evidence shows that positive interactions with animals play an important role in mental health. Consider if welcoming a pet into your home might be right for you. If that’s not an option, visit a pet-owning friend or volunteer at a local animal shelter.

No matter how you choose to fend off the winter blues, Springpoint Choice is ready to help boost your mood. With your Choice membership, you can head to any of our Life Plan Communities and participate in various activities, attend events, work out in our fitness centers, and enjoy the warm waters of our swimming pool. Contact our team today to learn more.