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Issue 97: Beating the Winter Time Blues
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How to Brighten the Season
A Note from Nicole: More to Come
Idea of the Week: Have a Winter Picnic
Feature Article: Beating the Winter Time Blues
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This week Michelle continues our series of articles designed to help you survive the long winter months. She shares some helpful tips for staying healthy and sane when we’re cooped up and cold. Remember that taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do for your children!
Make it a great week!
Looking to the horizon,
Have A Winter Picnic!
Make some foods that you normally eat in the summertime (think lemonade, hot dogs, ice cream cones, etc.) and enjoy them in the middle of winter. Set the table with paper plates and anything else that says “summer” to your family. You can even set out a picnic blanket on the floor and eat a meal or snack on it. This could be a great time for sharing memories of the summer – reminiscing about things you have done in past summers, and anticipating what you might do this coming summer. Have fun!
Beating the Winter Time Blues
By: Michelle VanderHeide, BSW
There is just something about these long winter days in Michigan that make functioning at our best very difficult. The sun is often hidden behind the clouds, and it’s hard to get outside when the wind is blowing and the temperatures are frigid. They joys of long walks and fresh air is hard to come by. Below are a few helpful tools for beating the wintertime blues – and feeling good while doing it.
- Take your multivitamins. Include a little extra vitamin C and D while you’re at it! Fresh fruits and sunshine can be hard to come by in the winter, but our bodies need those essential vitamins to function properly. Vitamin C will help build the immune system to fight all the miserable viruses that seem to love winter. It also helps keep our energy levels up. Vitamin D is what we get through our daily dose of sunshine; but when the sun isn’t shining, our bodies are lacking! There is a lot of research discussing the importance of vitamin D in preventing things like multiple sclerosis; but it’s also good for boosting the mood and building a healthy immune system.
- Indulge in a warm bath. Baths are a great way to unwind and relax, but there has also been evidence that warm baths help to remove toxins from our body. Sit back, relax, and work out those toxins! Another benefit to a bath is that muscles relax. This is a great time to stretch out or massage some tight muscles.
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