Winters often feel like the cold never ends, and it can be difficult to find energy during this time of year.
As the holiday season ends, the sadness begins to subside and we begin to feel the effects of the short days and cold weather.
Brad Unger, CEO of Eden Health Care, has suggestions for people struggling with mental health.
Here are some strategies he recommends for those looking to improve their energy.
One of the things he suggests is trying new activities or spending more time with loved ones.
“Listen to new types of music and artists, go outside, take walks with friends, go skating at this time of year, and try to go to bed early.”
On the other hand, he says it may be better for some people to stop the activity because it can make them feel less overwhelmed.
“Sometimes it feels like there’s just one more thing you have to squeeze into your already busy schedule, just adding something or trying something new,” he says. It can be helpful to think about what you can do, and it’s often a way to push yourself.”
He says spending a little less time looking at screens or spending less time on social media can help.
“Or one less episode before bed so you can fall asleep a little earlier.”
Paying more attention to your diet can help as well.
“Put a little less sugar in your coffee. Try to pay attention to your diet and health. Eat a little less of certain foods.”
When things are difficult and you are struggling with your mental health, we encourage you to reach out to a friend, family member, or someone you trust.
“Also, if you’re having mental health issues, reach out to a counseling therapist or doctor.
On the other hand, if you’re feeling good during this time, don’t forget to reach out to someone.
Even a simple “hello, how are you” can liven up someone’s day.
“You never know how a simple message can have such a big impact.”
Unger points out that mental health stigma has diminished in recent years as more people talk about it.
Less stigma has resulted in more discussions in the news and on social media.
“So talking about it brings a sense of security and awareness. It’s okay that we’re not okay all the time. Mental health is part of our health.”
Unger seeks health support for physical health issues, so do the same for mental health issues.
“It’s encouraging that it’s becoming more commonplace, and we’re seeing people reaching out for the resources we have to offer at Eden Mental Health Services.”
He says there are many celebrities who are mental health advocates who help reduce stigma.
Many professional athletes, actors and other role models have spoken out about mental health. This indicates that you may be having a hard time.
“If an athlete can spark conversations among our family and friend groups, it helps us spark those conversations and be the leaders to check in with people.
Unger looks forward to continuing the discussion on mental health and is pleased to offer many of the services we do at Eden East.
“I am very happy to contribute to the Steinbach community.”
Using Dave Anthony’s files