September 30, 2020 7:00 am Published by

Winter is coming, and many people are concerned about all things pademic as well as the state of mental health for themselves, their employees, family and friends. What can you do?  

There’s a science to giving your body the chemicals it needs during the darkness of winter and the isolation of a pandemic. Try some of these simple practices to combat the challenges of the season ahead and experience happiness (and watch this corresponding video for more information): 

To feel rewarded (giving yourself a shot of dopamine – don’t get on any device…you can get a dopamine hit that way, but you also can increase your stress – don’t do it!): 

  • Complete tasks 

  • Organize your surroundings 
  • Self-care activities 

  • Sleep, dancing, journaling, meditation, etc… 

  • Eating food  
  • Celebration 

To feel love (giving yourself a shot of oxytocin): 

  • Play with a dog 
  • Spend time playing with or holding a baby 
  • Hold someone’s hand 
  • Hug someone 

  • Give compliments 

To stabilize your mood (giving yourself a shot of seratonin): 

  • Meditate 
  • Walk 
  • Get out in the sun (for 15-20 mins minimum) 

  • Spend time in nature 
  • Aerobic exercise 

To stop pain (giving yourself a shot of endorphins) 

  • Laughter 
  • Essential oils 

  • Watch a comedy show 
  • Eat dark chocolate 
  • Exercise