EDITORIAL: Battle those winter blues

Following all the joy and cheer of the holidays, January can be one of the darkest months.

Take Monday for example. Many of us just back to a full work week, getting up in the dark, leaving work in the dark, all in frigid temperatures. That’s why they call it Black Monday. That’s right, Jan. 6 was supposedly the most depressing day of the year.

Along with all the snow and cold, there’s not much to look forward to for many of us in January – no holiday until Family Day (which is relatively new to us British Columbians).

Being winter, we also don’t get enough vitamin D (something Canadians lack between October and May, when the sunshine doesn’t come out too often).

But there is a lot us North Okanaganites can take advantage of to keep our spirits high.

Getting active is one of the easiest ways to boost your mood, and energy.

The options around here are endless, whether it’s winter, summer, spring or fall.

Take a splash in the pool at the rec centre, hit the slopes at Silver Star or take a slide down Tube Town, lace up your skates at the outdoor rink or Kal Tire Place, bundle up for an outdoor snowman-making contest with the kids or a hike (just watch your step under the ice).

Or perhaps your brain is feeling a little fuzzy following the holidays. If so, Okanagan College and other area colleges offer a number of courses to keep you educated. There are also a number of classes, whether you’re into cooking, belly dancing or basketball, through the rec centre.

The best way to beat the winter blues is to get active, whether physically or mentally, so be pro-active and go for it.



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