Beat the Winter Blues - Jan. 13th

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- With the holidays past us, we’re in the stretch of the year that can be challenging for many. Cold weather and dark days can take a toll on our mood and energy, leading some of us to want to hibernate, isolate and live on comfort food. Joni Gilles, Wellness Coordinator with Mayo Clinic Health System joined Tyler Mickelson to talk about how to “bust out of our funk” – enjoy the season and move it, move it, move it! Below is the question and answer portion of the interview. To learn more and to watch Tyler and Joni try their hands at hoola-hooping, watch the video above!

So how can we get out of the winter doldrums?
Instead of putting on your flannel jammies as soon as you get home from work, try something new - change your routine. For instance we’re going to do this interview hula hooping today – are you game? It’s so easy to get into a rut, we just need to force ourselves to do things to change our mindset. Embrace where we’re at this time of year.

What are some activities you might recommend during the winter?
Create your own “Winter Bucket List” – at Mayo Clinic Health System, we’re kicking off a program for employees to create their own winter bucket list to remain active. Some ideas include: Winter picnic, winter camp fire, nature walk and look for animal tracks, explore your favorite summer park in the winter, snowshoe, ski, skating, hockey, snow angles, sledding, ice fishing, winter football/ baseball in the snow, running, Do you want to build a SNOWMAN?!
• The Chippewa Valley has a lot to offer year-round, whether you’re interested in the arts, lectures, taking classes, outdoor activities – take advantage of where we live. Stay connected to people, take good care of yourself.
• Sunshine/exposure or a Happy Lite for:10-:20 minutes a day can improve your outlook.
• Enjoy seasonal, winter-time foods – comfort foods don’t all have to be high-carb and high fat.
1. Root vegetables – (sweet potatoes/carrots/beets).
2. Oatmeal
3. Soups – filling and provides vegetables.
4. Tuna/salmon – good source of vitamin D

When in doubt, “hoop it up” & laugh 



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