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Mental Health Habits That Work in Winter

By Genevieve Cunningham

There's something about the winter that makes taking care of your mental health more difficult. Maybe it's the cold. Maybe it's the darkness. Even in warm climates like Texas, mental health tends to see a decline during this time of year. As we all know, taking care of our mental health is so important. So what can we do? If you need a little help taking care of your mental health through the winter, take a look at these habits to start now and continue until spring. 

Make Time for Sunshine

Though there's still a lot of sun in the south during winter, there's less than what we're used to. And not getting enough sunshine is linked directly to poor mental health. If you want to protect your mental state, make sure you're spending plenty of time in the sun. 

Stay Active

It's easier to stay active when it's warm outside. When it's cold, it's all too tempting to stay inside with the remote and a warm meal. But mental and physical health are definitely linked. If you want good mental health, you also need to take care of yourself physically. Keep up your exercise routine, stay active, and your health as a whole will be in better condition. 

Get in the Spirit

Even if you hate the cold, getting into the spirit can boost your mood. Don't spend the whole winter wishing it away and waiting for summer. Get in the present moment. Focus on the fun of the holidays, the love of family and friends, and the fun that comes with a change of seasons. With this kind of positive attitude, you'll have more fun and pass the time even more quickly.

Get Professional Help

It's always a good time to get professional help if you need it. There's not a perfect season or perfect time. The perfect time is now. Talk to a professional to get and keep your mental health on track, and you'll be much better off in the long run. 

Winter can be challenging for your mental health. In fact, it's the hardest time of year for most people. But don't let the season affect your mental health in a negative way. Get help! Use these tips to protect your mind this winter, and live a healthier, happier life all year long. 

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