The cold winter months can seem long, but there are activities which can help you embrace the season, become more active, and get a sense of energy that contributes to well-being and overall health.
- Learning: Set a goal to learn something new and out of the ordinary every winter – this can be done through reading, videos, or attending classes offered through community programs.
- Relating: Create new winter traditions with family and friends. Some ideas are vacations, watching a series of movies or TV shows, or visiting friends/family that are out of town.
- Exercising: Find nature trails for long walks, swim at an indoor pool, take up yoga, or take up fitness classes or fitness videos to see an increase in mood and energy.
- Contributing: Commit to an activity that gives back to the community or adds to the well-being of others, through things like volunteering.
- Creating: Try knitting, pottery, singing, carving, painting, refinishing furniture, poetry, baking, or any other forms of creative expression.
For more information about beating the winter blues, as well as Seasonal Affective Disorder, please visit this link. (Search for “Dalhousie University” on the main page to access this and the full suite of offerings we enjoy from our Employee and Family Assistance Program)