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Don't Let the Winter Blues Affect Your Health

By Donna Kostiew

It’s the season for hibernation. The clock has been turned back one hour, the sun goes to sleep a little earlier, and although we can’t completely check out for a couple of months, we do tend to slow down during the winter. It just seems natural since the lack of sunshine is so prominent during this time of the year. And unfortunately, this lack of sunshine can often dampen our mood and affect our health.

Your Emotional and Physical Health are Connected

The winter season has its moments of true beauty, but it can also have an ugly side too. It can have an effect on your emotional and physical health and it isn’t always good.

Mood changes – The winter blues can dampen our moods, cause us to feel more irritable, and increase our stress and anxiety levels. It can also lead to social withdrawal and a loss of interest in things.

Headaches – There is a strong connection between the weather and head pain, as changes in temperature and barometric pressure may play a part in the occurrence of migraines. Also, if you are more inactive than usual due to the weather, and are constantly sitting on the couch, your poor posture can lead to headaches as well.

Interrupted workout schedule – Don’t let the cold temperatures and dark skies sidetrack your fitness routine. Being inactive can take a toll on your body and will lead to sore muscles, back and neck pain, and weight gain.

Focus on Your Health, not Your Hibernation

If you notice that you’re heading into the winter wasteland of slumped moods and inactivity, challenge yourself to come up with some ideas on what you can do that will improve your emotional and physical health at the same time. Here are some suggestions.

Stay connected – Keep in contact with friends or family during the winter season … grab dinner, go shopping, try something new … just make it a point to reach out and get together. It will improve your mood and can make such a difference during this time of the year.

Remain active – It’s easy to say, and hard to do sometimes, but finding the time to stay active for both your physical and emotional health is important. Try to maintain some sort of fitness routine during this cold season, whether it’s a brisk walk in the morning or a class at the gym after work.

Take care of your body – Chiropractic care has a great reputation for focusing on the health of a patient’s whole body, and with the way that the winter season seems to affect just about every aspect of our well-being, it’s the perfect choice to make to improve your health.

Your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic can help with your moods, those headaches, the back and neck pain, and the sore, tight muscles because their targeted adjustments help to create a healthy nervous system within your body … so basically, it's your chance to chase the blues away and to feel better for when those sunny days come back.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Hillsboro, Ore.

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