I was recently quoted in an article on getting over winter blahs for a dental magazine. Made me think that really…everyone can use these tips.

Basically….those of us living in dreary, gray winter climes do need to make some special efforts at staying jolly during these long winter months.

Best recommendation I made was to try to re-create your summertime in the wintertime. Think of things you do in the summer and do as many of these as you can in the summer. Now…of course…I don’t mean that you should go down to the beach and jump into the surf on a cold winter day. But think of the things that you enjoy about summer in ways that you really can re-create.

One thought is about connecting with neighbors. Its so easy to chat with neighbors in the summertime. In winter…everyone is keeping warm in their homes …they get into their cars in their garages…and scoot off to their work, errands or events.

How to connect with neighbors?….You’ve got to make plans. Plan a small gathering…coffee, cocktails, going to a movie together.

Exercise is another major issue in winter. Summer is easy with walking and recreating in the outdoors. In winter many just become couch potatoes. Effort is needed to stay fit, continue to exercise. Find ways that you can continue some routine of physical fitness.

Brighter lights. Keep lights on and perhaps increase the brightness in the winter months. Keep flowers dried or fresh around the house to freshen up your home.

Plans for vacations to either warm sunny places or even skiing vacations will bring joy and enjoyment during the long dark winter months. If you can’t vacation soon, plan a summer vacation starting now. Just the fantasizing of where you will spend your summertime will bring joyful thoughts to you now.

Let us know what your remedies are for the Winter Blahs.

By Elaine Rodino


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About erodino

Elaine Rodino, PhD., is CEO of Senior Premier Dating LLC, is a licensed psychologist in private practice. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists. Dr. Rodino is a past president of the APA Divisions of Independent Practice, The Society for Media Psychology and Technology, Central Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA), the Foundation of LACPA, and recipient of the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Media Psychology Award, and the Distinguished Service Award to LACPA. She has appeared on T.V. and radio and contributes to magazines, newspapers and online health sites on issues regarding Couples, Relationships, Sandwich Generation, Holiday Blues, and other popular topics.

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