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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 / 3:46 PM

How to Take Care of Your Mind and Body This Winter

How to Take Care of Your Mind and Body This Winter

With drastic weather changes being a constant in St. Louis, it’s easy to see why the temperature takes a toll on our health. Extreme temperature changes in a short period of time can sometimes wreck havoc on our bodies, causing it to be in a constant state of shock and leaving little time to recover or acclimate. As we approach the winter months, the theme of cold versus warm seems to be a continuing thread. If you’re an individual like myself who struggles with the colder months, these tips for protecting your mind and body may be helpful to you.

1. Get sunlight whenever possible. The decrease in sunlight during winter months can cause some individuals to become depressed. Stay mindful of your mood. Seasonal Affective Disorder is prevalent during winter months and should not be ignored. Seek the help of a professional if you find yourself experiencing overwhelming sadness.

2. Stock up on warm winter accessories. Part of dealing with the emotional effects of winter is being prepared. Make sure you have the necessary accessories to combat the elements, such as scarves, hats, and gloves. When you’re prepared, it makes the idea of venturing out in the cold a lot less daunting.

3. Drink plenty of fluids. Stock up on your favorite drinks and consume plenty of water. Winter is a time when your body can become depleted of fluids, causing dryness in your skin, sinuses, nose, and mouth. Seek the aide of over-the-counter products that combat the symptoms of dryness, such as Ayr products

4. Fight the urge to hibernate. I will be the first to admit being guilty of this, but remaining social during winter months can help decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation. Set aside a specific day or time of the week for getting out of the house, and find an excuse to go out.

5. Get plenty of rest. Along with the winter months comes celebrating the holidays. Overdoing it during this time can become second nature. Find time to recuperate between events, and enlist the help of others.

6. Take your vitamins. With fresh produce being limited this time of year, consider boosting your daily recommended amounts through vitamin intake.

7. Be mindful of what you eat. Winter can be a month of overconsumption of comfort foods, so remember moderation when seeking out your mood soothing foods.

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