Groundhog’s Day

February 2, 2018
Groundhog's Day

Groundhog's Day

Groundhog’s Day

Today is Groundhog’s Day. Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow and declared there are six more weeks of winter. Sometimes, it’s more like 12 weeks of winter. Below are a few tips on how to get through the rest of winter!

The Flu

Influenza Season is in full effect right now. The Mayo Clinic describes the flu (influenza) as a respiratory ailment affecting your throat, lungs, and nose. The flu can be contracted at any point in the year but is most commonly associated with the colder months.The flu differentiates itself  with, “fever over 100 degrees, aching muscles, chills and sweats, headache, dry persistent cough, fatigues and weakness, nasal congestion, and sore throat.”

If you think you may have the flu, it is best to see your primary care physician. To protect yourself from getting the flu, it is best to get a flu shot. Stay away from people you know are sick, and constantly wash your hands. Try to eat a nutritious diet, and to exercise frequently.

Wearing Layers

Other than the snow, most people hate winter because of the cold. If you are feeling too cold, try wearing layers. If you are already sick, the cold may exacerbate your sickness. Also wearing layers feels cozy, and may improve your mood.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

The changing of the seasons is not the largest factor in determining one’s mood. The earlier the sun sets, our internal clocks get sleepier quicker. Our bodies believe that it is time for bed a few hours after the sun goes down. It is natural to feel sleepier in the winter. However, if you are feeling depressed, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder.

SAD is when the body needs more Vitamin D to function as well as it does during the rest of the year. If you are having thoughts of depression, please see your doctor immediately. If your change in mood is manageable, there are ways to combat feeling down. You can buy a happy light, which will expose you to light, helping to fight feelings of tiredness. Try finding a new hobby, or spending more time with friends and family which is scientifically proven to make people happier.

Fully Embrace Winter

Instead of having an opposition to winter, you can help change your attitude! There are many activities that will change your attitude. Try indulging in a cup of hot chocolate inside with a nice flannel blanket. Perhaps you can try to take skiing or snowboarding lessons!

Final Thoughts

Do you do anything to celebrate Groundhog’s Day? Do you watch the movie Groundhog’s Day? Do you like any of these tips about winter, or have some of your own to add? Comment Below!

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