Winter Pick-Me-Ups

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Winter got you down? It’s no wonder with all of the cold, snow and limited sunlight we cope with these days. Below are a few suggestions to help you escape the winter blahs and blues.

Colouring for Stress Relief

Adult colouring has become a popular way to relieve stress. It is calming in the way it causes the brain to focus on the moment, making other thoughts subside. Knitting is another therapeutic task, which has the same quality of  “predictability” that colouring offers. Why not escape the mental tension and try out a few of these colouring pages?

Free Printable Adult Colouring Pages:

Read more: The Therapeutic Science Of Adult Coloring Books: How This Childhood Pastime Helps Adults Relieve Stress

Pursuit of Happiness

Another obvious way to beat the blues is to actively pursue happiness. There are lots of self-help resources out there, but these excellent titles are free for all RRC staff and students to borrow from the Library.

Stumbling on happiness (book)

In this brilliant, witty, and accessible book, renowned Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions.

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re so smart, why aren’t you happy? (book)

Takes readers on a fun and meaningful tour of the best research available on how some of the very determinants of success may also come to deflate happiness. Raj Raghunathan explores the seven most common inclinations that successful people need to overcome, and the seven habits they should adopt instead.

 

 

 

 

 

Advice from an Expert

Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal is the world-renowned researcher and psychiatrist who first diagnosed Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and light therapy to treat it. His book, Winter Blues: Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder describes the benefits of light therapy. He offers practical advice, answering just about every question you could think of on the subject. Other ways to help yourself include getting more light, taking a winter vacation, doing exercise, and modifying your diet. Check out this e-book for more information. (RRC network log in required to view).

Build an Igloo!

How to Build an Igloo (video)

This classic short film from the National Film Board shows how to make an igloo using only snow and a knife. Not only is it an activity to get you moving, but it’s also provides a warm place to hang out. (RRC network log in required to view).