Presentation on theme: "Staying Active During the Winter Months Kelly Inda Graduate Assistant EIU Counseling Center."— Presentation transcript:
Staying Active During the Winter Months Kelly Inda Graduate Assistant EIU Counseling Center
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Type of depression that is related to changes in the seasons Most often appears during the late fall or early winter and continues during the darker winter months Don’t just brush it off as a seasonal “funk”. Take the necessary steps to stay motivated and keep your mood steady throughout the year Symptoms may start out mild, but may worsen as the season progresses. Some symptoms include: Irritability Slow or low energy Changes in appetite Oversleeping Problems getting along with others
Activities to Beat the Winter Blues Build a snowman in the quad. Make it a floor/hall competition Grab a buddy and do an indoor workout. Use textbooks as weights and run/walk the stairs in your building Make mundane activities fun, like cleaning or grocery shopping. Use these as an excuse to workout. Have a healthy eating contest with your floor. Have residents take pictures of their healthy food and make it a competition
Activities Cont. Remember… the gym is still open in the winter! Use extra time between classes to get a workout in Maintain healthy eating habits to keep up your energy Find apps on your smartphone to complete indoor workouts and track calories burned Find a holiday fun run 5K! EIU has one coming up in December. Check out the link.
Activities Cont. If you have holiday guests, ask them to bring workout clothes and take a walk around the neighborhood Find what motivates you (besides food) and treat yourself if you’ve reached a fitness goal Find a friend and hold each other accountable. Working out with a friend is much easier than by yourself
Lastly… Use your three week winter break to develop a workout/healthy lifestyle plan. If you start it over break, you’re more likely to continue once you return to school. Going back home can be a transition, but make it fun. Get your family to workout with you. The more active that you stay, the less likely you’ll be to overeat on leftovers and overindulge on treats. Don’t think of working out as a chore. The more fun you make it and engage in activities you like, you’ll find great enjoyment!