Checking In On Your Mental Health

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I received the following newsletter from the City of Winnipeg Police Service E-Watch and thought I’d share it here for you.


With winter upon us, and the deep cold forcing many indoors, it can increase the many who are currently dealing with the winter blues. These blues are a wave of low emotions that come with these cold, dark days.

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Most everyone knows someone who has experienced a mental illness at some point in their life. However, it continues to be misunderstood and the unknown can spark fear.

The more we learn about mental illness, the more we will be able to break down the barriers and eliminate the stigmas associated with this health issue.

Here are some ways you can improve or maintain your mood this winter recommended by the Canadian Mental Health Association:


Let the light in
Get outside during the day if you can, keep your curtains open, and when indoors, spend as much time as you can near the windows. Even if it’s cloudy, getting some daylight can help boost your mood.


Get physical
Even though hitting the gym might not be possible right now, physical activity is always a great tool to help you manage your mental health. Start small and try a lunchtime walk around the block.


Try to keep a normal sleep schedule
It might feel like your bed is the only one who understands this funk you’re in but, over-sleeping can actually worsen the symptoms of the winter blues.


Give yourself a pat on the back – you’re doing great.
Battling low moods is no easy feat, and it’s important to be kind to yourself. You’re stronger than you think!

Remember to have regular check-ins with yourself, and to spend that extra time on self-care if you need to.
 

Take the time to check on your mental health.
Should you want or need additional information please don’t hesitate to check out https://mbwpg.cmha.ca/ for a list of great resource available to you. 
 
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