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Prioritize your mental health this winter

The Sarnia Journal has partnered with the nuSarnia Foundation to feature a series of stories promoting active transportation and community wellness.
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The winter season brings cold weather, shorter days, and too much time cooped up indoors. It can even trigger a form of depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Combatting these winter blues requires a proactive approach, and integrating active transportation into your daily routine can be a game-changer for both physical and mental well-being.

Here are a few mental health benefits to getting outdoors during the winter season:

Vitamin D Boost: Because of the cold, short days and low sunlight, we tend to get much less Vitamin D in the winter. Research shows that Vitamin D plays an important role in regulating your mood, warding off depression, and improving energy levels.

Stimulate Your Senses: When you go outside, all your senses are stimulated. Listen and observe in nature, smell the scent of the pine trees, and feel the brisk winter air on your cheeks. Using these senses outdoors helps calm our minds, boost our self-esteem, and improves concentration.

Keep Your Body Moving: Whether you’re walking, skating skiing, or shoveling snow, staying active will help you release stress, both physically and emotionally. Interacting with natural spaces for just 20-30 minutes per day, three days a week, can help lower blood pressure and reduce stress levels.

Incorporating outdoor activities into your daily life during winter not only combats the challenges of the season but also promotes mental resilience. By choosing active transportation, you not only benefit from the physical exercise but also contributes to a healthier and happier state of mind.

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