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Staying Healthy in 2024!

January 30, 2024 12:00 AM
By: PDE Press and Communications Office

January often brings New Year’s resolutions, colder weather, and more time spent indoors, with friends and family. During the winter months, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is triggered by a reduced exposure to sunlight during short winter days.  That’s why staying healthy and self-care are so important not just year-round, but especially during the colder, darker months of the year.  

Self-care comes in many different forms. It is tailored to each individual based upon your likes and dislikes. Overall, self-care is any healthy action that maintains a feeling of balance and wellness in your life. Self-care can look like fostering emotional self-care like journaling, meditation, and more, while other forms are rooted in physical self-care, like exercising, maintaining a healthy diet, and getting enough sleep. 

Several benefits of self-care and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can include a reduction in stress, an increased well-being, improved health, personal satisfaction, and an increase in healthy relationships.  

Here are some helpful reminders on how to develop a self-care plan and what we can do to ensure self-care takes priority in our lives.  
  • Discuss self-care techniques with your family and create a family schedule 
  • Identify areas of self-improvement or a new hobby you may want to start this year and how you can accomplish these goals 
  • Ensure you have a support system so you can nourish and foster relationships with friends, family, and colleagues 
  • Maintain your mental and physical health and well-being. During winter, cold and flu season begin to peak. By maintaining healthy habits, you can prevent you and your family from getting stick and staying healthy.
Self-care looks different from everyone. Some of the self-care reminders that we mentioned above may not work for you. But, by finding self-care actions that work for you, you’re on your way to being your best, healthiest self so you can take charge of the year ahead!   

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