With recent developments and a potential twist in events, a vaccine for the coronavirus has started circulating—with many doses already running out. However, this doesn’t mean that all of this will be over anytime soon. We have to remain hopeful while also taking care of ourselves in what promises to be a long and dark couple of months.
There are many things that you can’t control, but others that you can. If you look hard enough, you will find a lot of things that you can do to get through this winter in good physical and mental health. Here are four things that you can do to stay sane and healthy this winter:
1. Up the game in your at-home fitness situation
With the arrival of colder months, running outdoors may not be everyone’s cup of tea. And while some gyms have reopened, many people have been reluctant to visit them. This is why now’s the right time to boost your at-home fitness routine. Many websites offer guided online tutorials to home work outs, meditation, and yoga classes. Find the right subscription for you, invest in a mat and some weights, and try to stick to working out for at least 15 minutes a day. Also avoid these bad habits.
2. Check in on your mental health
In the same spirit of sticking to a work out routine, taking care of your mental health is so important. In normal years, during cold and long winters, our mental health generally declines. This year in particular, prioritizing your mental health should be #1 on your to-do list. Look into talk therapy, or support groups—some therapists offer sliding scales for BIPOC and some NGO’s are even offering free talk therapy. Find the best outlet for you and commit to it.
3. Get your flu shot
This may sound simple, but trust us, you will be so relieved after you get it done. This may not be the vaccine that you are waiting for, but it will prevent you from suffering through the flu, and constantly wondering whether you caught the coronavirus. Do yourself a favor and get your flu shot.
4. Get some Vitamin D
Winter months mean significantly less light, and significantly less sun. This is why you may want to consider getting a Vitamin D supplement. It will give your body the dose it needs in the absence of sunlight, and leave you feeling a little less sluggish.