Improving your mental health during the winter months

January 8th, 2015

Now that the New Year has begun, many people are focused on their physical health, whether it’s starting a new diet or hitting the gym to fulfill their resolutions. While physical health is important, a person’s mental health is equally, if not more important. The Canadian Mental Health Association states that 1 in 5 adult Canadians will suffer a mental disorder in their lives, with anxiety and depression being the most common. It can be increasingly difficult to maintain one’s mental health throughout the cold winter months.

Here are some tips for improving your mental health during the winter season:

  • Take a walk. Walking outside is more beneficial as you will get some natural sunlight and Vitamin D. If it’s too cold for you to go outside, at least walk around the office or your home.
  • Socialize with people around you. Plan to meet someone for coffee, or even stop by your co-worker’s desk instead of e-mailing them. This little bit of interaction can increase your mood substantially.
  • Light therapy. Some people may need to use light therapy during the dark winter months. Many places sell light therapy lamps and it can be a good idea if you are feeling the winter blues
  • Speak with a professional. If you are feeling depressed or anxious during the winter months, or anytime, talk to someone. Many companies have an Employee Assistance Program that allows for counselling sessions. If you are self-employed or your company does not provide this, there are several options that allow you to speak with a professional.

How do we promote mental health?

  • Employee Assistance Plan that employees and their family members have access to
  • The Rogers Insurance management team and HR team have an open-door policy and encourage staff to address their concerns
  • Rogers Insurance promotes a fun and uplifting work environment

How does your organization promote mental health in the workplace?

Blog Author: Andrea Racette | Human Resources | Rogers Insurance Ltd. 

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