Is the cold weather, lack of sunlight and too much time cooped up indoors bringing you down? Sometimes it can feel hard to keep your mood up during our long winter months. The impact of dark, harsh wintertime is well-documented, and some people can even suffer from seasonal affective disorder. For others though, it may just be a matter of staying energized, motivated and connected to the issues you care about. Here are three ways to stay positive until spring.
- Join a book club. Winter is the perfect time to read, but why not do it in a group? Many organizations offer great reading lists, resources and social opportunities with book clubs covering a range of themes and issues. One choice is the Amnesty International Canada book club, which offers new book selections, reading guides, notes from authors and opportunities to take action and directly engage with the issues addressed in the reading list.
- Connect to a cause. There is no greater motivator than feeling genuinely engaged in a cause you’re passionate about. In the wintertime, it’s more difficult to spend a lot of time outdoors, so now’s the perfect time to reflect on your passions and take action. Getting involved in a good cause is also a great way to expand your social circle and meet new people who share the same interests.
- Have people over. For years, North Americans have been spending less and less time eating together at home. That is valuable time lost for connecting with loved ones and the people in your community. You may not be the only person suffering from the winter blues this season, so why not have people over? If you follow tips one and two, you’re sure to have lots to talk about with your guests.
Find more information on the Amnesty book club and social and activist groups near you at www.amnesty.ca.
Courtesy of: www.newscanada.com