Goodbye Winter Blues πŸ‘‹

As the days grow shorter and the air colder, many people experience a shift in their mood and energy levels, often referred to as the “winter blues.” Many of us may find ourselves experiencing persistent sadness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, increased appetite, and social withdrawal. These symptoms typically arise from a combination of reduced sunlight exposure, colder temperatures, and changes in routine. The lack of sunlight during winter months reduces the production of serotonin, while increased melatonin production can lead to feelings of lethargy and sleepiness.

As the seasons change and warmer weather arrives, it’s an ideal time to reset and rejuvenate your mental health. While we want to remain passionate about our work, there are ways to consider your health while doing so! May is Mental Health Month so as the days brighten here are some ways you can shake off the winter blues here at Hunt Street. Spend some time working outdoors, take advantage of the Greenspace & Deck areas! Things simple as fresh air and sunlight can significantly boost your mood and energy levels. Step out of the phone booth and work in some natural light. It can be convenient to find a cozy booth to camp out in all day, but the natural light and energy of others around you will benefit your mental state. Join us for community events! Weekly yoga is free, and will help clear your mind, creating a sense of and calm. Come to an outdoor concert, vintage fest, member lunch, or any of the events coming up this season!

Embracing the warmer weather with a focus on self-care is crucial. Engaging in creative activities, rediscovering old hobbies, or taking up new ones, such as painting, writing, or gardening, can enrich your life and offer a productive outlet for your energies. Planning social activities like reunions with friends and family can celebrate the return of warmer weather, enhancing your social life and improving your mood. By maximizing natural light exposure, staying active, eating healthily, maintaining social connections, and practicing mindfulness, you can mitigate the effects of seasonal affective disorder. Let the change of seasons usher in a time of renewal and rejuvenation, with the warmth of the sun lifting your spirits and enhancing your overall well-being.

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