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Seniorgram: Beating the Winter Blues

Barbara Bodzin, Executive DirectorBarbara Bodzin, Executive DirectorDuring the winter months, many people struggle with feeling down. If you find yourself feeling this way, please know you’re not alone. Whether it's due to the cold weather, shorter days, the holidays coming to an end or reminders of missed loved ones, seasonal sadness can often creep in during this time of year.   Here are some action steps you might wish to consider for increasing your sense of wellbeing: 

During the winter months, many people struggle with feeling down.

1. Brighten Your Home - The vitamin D from natural light can help to improve your mood. Make it a daily routine to open your window coverings including blinds and curtains.

2. Anticipate an Event - Invite your grandchildren or a friend over for a visit, plan an outing with a loved one or buy yourself a special treat.

3. Stick to a Schedule - If you prepared dinner at a certain time every day, try to stick to that same schedule. If you typically attend Saturday or Sunday services, don’t skip it this time of year.

4. Eat a Balanced Diet - Eating a balanced diet is essential for older adults and is a natural way to boost your mood and energy.

5. Stay Active - Exercise, while important all year round, can be vital to lifting you up during the winter months. You can exercise indoors or dress in layers and take your exercise outdoors for some fresh air, if the temperature isn’t too cold. 

6. Accomplish a Goal - If you've been putting off a task, whether big or small, now is the time to tackle it.

7. Stay Active and Engaged - Take up a new hobby, join a group of your liking, take a class, learn something new.  Get together with friends or family, get out to a movie or cultural event or share a meal with others. Activities like crossword puzzles, scrabble or sudoku are great ways to keep your brain alert. Take time each day to exercise your brain.

8. Volunteer Your Time - Whether it is an hour a week, or a daily routine, opportunities abound for ways you can give back to your community.  Experience Volunesia - which is defined as “that moment when you forget you are volunteering to change other lives, because it is changing yours.” 

If these strategies don’t seem to be working for you or a loved one, reach out to your primary care physician for guidance and support.  Call LifePath and speak with a Resource Consultant at 413-773-5555, X1230; 978-544-2259, X1230; or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn about more options.