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Winter getting you down? Beat the blues with these tips from CMHA

Make the most of this dark, cold winter by getting out and getting active

It's not uncommon to feel a bit of the winter blue during the cold, dark winter months says the Canadian Mental Health Association - Sudbury/ Manitoulin Chapter (CMHA-S/M). 

In fact, around 15 per cent of Canadians experience a downward shift in their mood during this time, which can introduce changes in appetite and lethargy. 

But they're here to help. 

CMHA-S/M provides brief services to individuals seeking support, as well as references to a wide variety of community resources.

“January can be a hard time of the year for a lot of people,” said Emily Zanini of CMHA-S/M. “It’s important that people take the time to care for their mental health.”

Combat the winter blues by:

  • Spending time in nature: the experience is said to reduce anger, improve positive affect, and lower blood pressure
  • Maximizing exposure to sunlight: arrange indoor environments to receive maximum sunlight, keep curtains open during the day and add artificial lighting as needed
  • Exercise: the activity is said to relieve stress, build energy and increase mental and physical well-being
  • Eating well: a clean diet has been proven to benefit both mental and physical health
  • Practice daily relaxation techniques: deep breathing, yoga or meditation, can help manage stress, reduce negative emotions such as anger and fear, and boost feelings of joy and well-being

The winter blues are not the same as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a serious form of depression affects around two per cent of Canadians every year. 

For more information on mental health and mental illness, visit the CMHA-S/M website