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🎗 Awareness 🏡 Home 🗂 Productivity 🥗 Wellness 🧗 Growth 👨👩👧👧 Family
🥗 Why does winter make us SAD? “Even though we are making greater efforts as a society to recognize the importance of our mental health, it can be tempting to dismiss SAD as a touch of the “winter blues” and to try to get on with life as usual. But the best approach, Roecklein says, is to accept and recognize that it’s something that we may genuinely suffer from — and need treatment for. Just as we would for heart disease or diabetes.” Read Here’s why you get gloomy in the winter — and what you can do about it
🧗🏽♀️ Do you have a plan to get through the long, cold winter? “Whether or not you are feeling blue this time next year, it wouldn’t hurt to have a plan prepared for coping through the February Funk so that you can continue to function in a way that is normal for you outside of winter.” Read February Funk: Keeping Cool When It’s Cold
🎗 Consider lowering your expectations. “You’re dying to have something to look forward to. So instead of those big goals, we’re sharing simple, easy, and attainable swaps you can make in your daily life. What can you leave behind in 2020 and bring into this year instead?” Read 6 Things to stop Doing in 2021
🗂 Fight the funk one moment at at time. “It’s all about mind over matter. Here’s how to take an off-day and turn it into a productive one.” Read 10 Ways to Get Out of a Funk in 15 Minutes
👨👩👧👦 Does your child have a case of the winter blues? “Aside from being sad or depressed, your child may act irritable, feel tired, have difficulty concentrating, experience changes in school performance, or notice decreased interest in things they usually enjoy.” Read Seasonal Depression in Kids: Does Your Child Have Seasonal Affective Disorder?
🏡 Get inspired by these before-&-after pics and start planning a project of your own. Having something to look forward to will help you fight the February Funk! “It’s also important for me to create spaces that are good for relaxation, comfort, and quality time with my family. When we aren’t working or schooling, you can find us gathered around the kitchen island snacking and cooking or having movie nights on our huge comfy sectional in the lower-level family room.” Read Get Inspired By This Basement Living Room Perfect for Pandemic Days at Home