Beat the Winter Blues

Here we are on the other side of Winter.  Days are getting longer, and Tim Horton’s Roll up the Rim assures us that Spring is just around the corner.  Although our Winters are not quite what they used to be; many of us are still not getting the required exercise, sun, and fun.  Going to work and leaving work in the dark can definitely take a toll on us mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. After the hustle and bustle of Christmas and the cold temperatures of January/February, we long…no we CRAVE the sunny warm days of flip flops and tank tops! But alas, Old Man Winter persists. So what can we, strong and resilient Prairie folk, do to lift our spirits? Well, I’ve come up with some ideas to get us through the last leg of this season!

1) Get Moving!

-Sometimes we have to dig deep for some motivation. We need that extra boost…something organized maybe. Where we can just show up and be shown the movements, instead of wandering aimlessly at our closest gym. Group classes can be a great start! Try one of Lead’s Pilates classes! Whether its Block Therapy, Essentrics or Mommy & Me, moving our bodies increases our energy and feelings of joy. Whatever, you decide to do, know that any increase of physical activity will leave you feeling more positive and energetic.

2) Socialize!

Winter Blues is a real thing here in Saskatchewan. As we spend quite a bit more time in our homes and work places, we become a bit melancholy. From lack of sun exposure, our levels of Vitamin D can be depleted and we can become fatigued, groggy and sore.  According to Psychology Today “Interacting with others boosts feelings of well-being and decreases feelings of depression.” So make some coffee dates with friends or family. Take that art class you’ve been thinking about! See a local band with a good friend! This is the time to flex those social skills people! Talking with your Naturopath or GP about Vitamin D supplements would be beneficial as well.

3) Self Care Treatments

– There are so many different modalities in the health care field. Luckily, dear reader, we have many of them here at Lead Integrated Health Therapies! Massage Therapy/Reflexology/Reiki is a great way to feel relaxed and rejuvenated. It helps decrease anxiety and increases an overall feeling of well being.  Changes in our chemical makeup can affect our mood as well.

During this time of year, Vitamin D intake and serotonin (a deficit in this neurotransmitter can lead to mood changes and depression) are down. This leads to depression and anxiety. Fortunately, Our Naturopath, Dr. Willow Langille is a very knowledgeable resource in this area. She can work with you to customize a treatment plan that naturally supports your needs. Another great option or addition to your

self care plan is seeing our resident Chiropractor Dr. Rikki Mackenzie. Chiropractic focus is about increasing the health of the nervous system, and since our nervous system is in charge of emotional and psychological balancing, Dr. Rikki can work with you to optimize overall health.

4) Be Mindful

-This means “be present” and acknowledge feelings and thoughts. During the Winter season, we spend more time indoors; therefore it is easy to get caught up in our work. We can become overworked and feel under appreciated.  It is always important to pay attention to our emotional self, as these emotions tell us whether we are “on” or “off” track.  Check in with yourself from time to time. Ask “how am I feeling?” “Am I feeling my best?” “What do I need to feel joyful?” Pay attention to your outlook. Are you optimistic? Pessimistic? Sometimes its second nature for us to check in with our loved ones, but forget that we are just as important. YOU are important!

So now it’s time to get moving, socialize and take care of yourself. You’re worth it!

In the Spirit of Healing,

Kara Daniels RMT/BSW