By Trisha Young
This story was originally published by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, where you can find other stories reporting on fifteen city neighborhoods in Milwaukee. Visit milwaukeenns.org.
You made it through the holidays, but now you’re in the thick of winter when those cold, dreary days may seem to last forever.
According to the American Psychological Association, or APA, it’s common for many people to feel greater amounts of fatigue and depression this time of year.
The APA attributes these feelings to a decrease in daylight hours and colder weather.
On top of feelings of depression, many people may be dealing with financial stress from the holidays along with higher winter energy bills.
From practicing yoga to going outdoors, here’s how you can manage your mental health this winter season.
Meditation, mindfulness and yoga
Psychologists have found that meditation, mindfulness and yoga can be helpful ways to take a step back and breathe when you’re feeling out of sorts.
Yoga can also help you stay active and healthy in the cold months.
Milwaukee has lots to offer when it comes to these holistic approaches for little to no money:
Milwaukee Community Yoga has free yoga every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Society of Friends, 3224 N. Gordon Place. The group focuses on beginning and intermediate poses and is good for all levels. Bring your own mat! More information here.
Riverwest Yogashala, located at 731 E. Locust St., has a variety of classes for all skill levels and age ranges. Suggested donations for classes range from $8 to $25, but pay what you can is also encouraged. More information here.
Shambhala Milwaukee, located at 2344 N. Oakland Ave., offers many meditation classes both in person and online for free. Check out their Heart of Recovery Group tailored for people in 12 Step programs. More information here.
Mental health resources
Healthy MKE recently launched a mental health and substance use care resource guide, which is available in five languages. Here you can easily find providers, tools and directories for mental health and substance use care throughout Milwaukee County. More information here.
Call IMPACT 211 at 2-1-1 for assistance with food, housing or mental health.
You can also visit in-reach sites Monday, Wednesday and Friday to speak to a housing/shelter navigator at the following locations:
This refuge and resource center is located at 1335 W. Vliet St. and has in-reach hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. More information here.
This IMPACT 211 center is located at 930 W. State St., and is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. More information here.
If you or a loved one are in crisis or thinking about suicide, you can call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.