gem

Admissions Concierge

Click Here for more information or to request a communication by phone, email or text.

Or Call

877-817-3422

We are here for you 24/7
Fast, confidential response

Licensing & Accreditation

Brookhaven Retreat is Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations and is licensed by the State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.

FIND OUT MORE

beauty in life worth living
beauty in life worth living

We are a private pay treatment center and do not accept any type of insurance. Costs associated with care are the responsibility of the client.

 

Create a Life Worth Living

 

Brookhaven Retreat Blog - For inspiration, growth & a fresh perspective.

A Girl and Her Father

A Girl and Her Father

Soup au Pistou

Soup au Pistou

Contemplation

Sore Throat Solutions

Can You Give Us A Twirl?

Broccolini Flounder Bake

The Reality of Sexual Assault

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

How to Stock Your Pantry: The Essentials

How to Stock Your Pantry: The Essentials

National Pomegranate Month

National Pomegranate Month

More Than Cute

Mental Health Wellness Week

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry with Black Bean Sauce

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry with Black Bean Sauce

Addicted to Food

Taylor Swift and Anxiety

Taylor Swift and Anxiety

Essential Kitchen Equipment: Back to the Basics

Adele and the Reality of Growing Older

Maureen O’Hara—A Legacy

Maureen O’Hara—A Legacy

What Is Self Care?

Black Lentil Beet Salad

Black Lentil Beet Salad

Helping One Another

Helping One Another

Mental Illness Awareness

Women, You ARE Beautiful!

Women, You ARE Beautiful!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Unconditional Worth

Unconditional Worth

Empowering or Disheartening?

Pappardelle with Roasted Winter Squash, Arugula, and Pine Nuts

Pappardelle with Roasted Winter Squash, Arugula, and Pine Nuts

Coping with Anger

Art in the News

Sweet Potato Salad

Sweet Potato Salad

Hurricane Prep

Hurricane Prep

Fashion Trends: The Knit Cap

Fashion Trends: The Knit Cap

Alone Time

Chicken with Artichoke-Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

The Arms of Irony

Focus the Mind, Reap the Rewards

Focus the Mind, Reap the Rewards

Chocolate Avocado Cookies

The Necessity of Silence

The Necessity of Silence

Recovery

Recovery

Service with Style

Vietnamese Grilled Steak with Portobellos and Mint-Cilantro Mojo

Family Illness And The Dog

The Social Media Phenomenon

Top 10 Vegetarian Proteins

Know Who You Are

The Body and Soul - 5 Ways to Relax

Dr. Wayne Dyer Lives On

Toasted Ciabatta with Shrimp, Tarragon, and Arugula

Music—It’s More Than Noise

Gluten-Free Not Just for Celiac

Cold Weather Blues

Sunday, 02 November 2014 00:00  by Lori R.

Cold weather blues? Don’t underestimate the validity of this concept! Cold weather, and winter in general, can contribute to depression, seasonal affective disorder and mental health overall. But take heart; research shows that winter can be beneficial if you can make yourself brave the cold for some outdoor exercise.

Exercise increases levels of the hormone “endorphins” that make you feel happy, and exercising in the crisp, fresh air boosts endorphin production further.

Research published in Women’s Health Magazine (February 2014) affirms that cold-weather workouts can “amp energy, burn more calories, and improve your mood.” No need to suit up for downhill slalom skiing… a brisk walk is just as effective in reducing tension, exposing the body to natural light, and increasing energy.

Follow these guidelines to help your body adapt to the colder temperatures and enjoy a cold weather workout for better health:

  1. Be sure to warm up muscles with stretching indoors prior to winter activity.
  2. Wear wool and polyester rather than cotton that absorbs sweat and makes you feel colder.
  3. Dress in layers so you can adjust your wardrobe as you increase and decrease your activity.
  4. Plan your route ahead of time and investigate for ice patches or unsafe footing to avoid injury.
  5. Acclimate your body to the cold by starting slowly and allow for a longer cool down period before going back into a heated area.

If you are unable to do extensive exercise, try outdoor alternatives such as light gardening clearing out dead summer foliage; taking your laundry outside to fold; or hand-waxing your car.

Don your mittens and scarves… the cool air and sunshine are waiting for you!

Last modified on Sunday, 02 November 2014 00:52

Add comment


Blog Archive

It should be understood that any persons in pictures displayed on this page are models, and the pictures are used for illustrative purposes only.