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ANDERSON DENTAL CARE Nathan Brooks, DDS, Inc.
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4 TIPS TO BEAT THE WINTER BLUES
The movie “Groundhog Day” is one of my favorite films. Its main character is an egotistical weatherman, and he’s sent to the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover their Groundhog Day celebration. But once in Punxsutawney, he finds himself inexplicably reliving the same day over and over again. Every day, he is forced to see the same people do the same things, and he has no control over what the future will hold. It’s maddening. Sometimes, this time of year in Cincinnati, it starts to feel like we’re also stuck living the same day over and over again. You go to work, it’s dark, and you get home, and it’s already dark again. It’s too cold to do much of anything outside, and if you’re not careful, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. In that spirit, here are my four tips to help you beat the winter blues. Bundle up, get outside, and breathe in that cool winter air. The winter world is beautiful, and besides, it’s all relative. I was born and raised in Northern Indiana where they get significantly more snow and colder temps. When I moved to Cincinnati, it felt like I had just moved to Florida. That might be a slight exaggeration, but we really have such mild winters that we should try to enjoy the short winter season while it’s here. EMBRACE THE COLD
all the lights and eating dinner or playing games by candle light. Try lighting candles (it’s extra “fancy”) at dinner or build a fire and snuggle with a book. There is nothing like the flicker of a flame to warm your day and burn back the winter blues!
GET OUT — INSIDE
Go do something new inside. This is a fantastic time of year to go see a basketball game at the UC or Xavier. If sports aren’t your thing, you might check out a new art gallery or go see a musical performance. What you do when you go out doesn’t matter as much as making sure you’re getting out of the house and into the many indoor opportunities our community offers. You don’t have the sun this time of year, but you do have relationships. Winter is an excellent time to reconnect with people you haven’t seen in a while. Host a game night or a dinner party. The darkness leaves plenty of room for the light of human connection. In “Groundhog Day,” the main character uses all his energy to do self-serving things at first, but then he is miserable because he is only focused on himself and how much he hates his situation. Eventually, though, he learns he can still serve other people, and he starts focusing his energy outwardly — and is much happier for it. Likewise, the winter blues can drive us deep down into REKINDLE RELATIONSHIPS
ourselves and our own private challenges. It’s easy to forget the world around us and all the opportunities we have to still enjoy ourselves even when it’s cold and dark out. Since it’s February, and we’ve had a mild winter overall, you might be like me and finally settling into winter. But this last month, before Spring starts to peek through, can be a long one. So don’t get stuck living the same day over and over again. Do yourself a favor — get out of the house, light up the darkness, and be with your loved ones.
LIGHT UP THE DARKNESS
– Dr. Brooks
My wife and I have four kids, and we can all agree that a favorite winter activity is turning off
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