Winter Wellsness

Winter Wellness Month

Winter Wellness Month

Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley | Medical Clinic

Although the holidays can make the winter season cheery, it is no secret that cold temperatures can greatly affect your health. Shorter days with less sunlight can take a toll on both the body and the mind. In order to stay healthy this season, consider these tips for winter wellness.

How winter can affect your health

There are a variety of ways in which your health becomes at risk during the winter, both physically and mentally.

Physical health can be affected by:

  • Cold and flu season
  • Winter allergies
  • Decrease in exercise
  • Worse road conditions due to weather
  • Read more about these factors and how to prevent them HERE.

Mental health can be affected by:

  • Shorter days due to Daylight Savings Time, resulting in less sunlight
  • Spending too much time inside
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Read more about these factors and how to prevent them HERE.

It is important to pay attention to your mental wellness during the winter months. While winter can be a joyful time full of celebrating and loved ones, the shift in season and the emotions brought up around the holidays can greatly affect your mental wellness. For example, symptoms of depression can increase dramatically. If you suffer from depression on a regular basis, you may experience a worsening of your symptoms at this time. Please monitor your mental health and take the time to take care of yourself a little extra this winter.


Should you at any time be concerned for either your mental health or the mental health of a loved one, please reach out for help. In the case of an emergency, always dial 911. If it is non-emergent, please contact us for an appointment. Many free crisis hotlines are also available to assist, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


How to make sure you stay healthy all winter

Here are a few ways you can prevent winter from affecting your health:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Control your stress
  • Layer clothing
  • Be smoke-free
  • Always wear a seatbelt
  • Get vaccinations
  • Monitor children
  • Practice fire safety
  • Prepare food safely
  • Eat healthy and stay active
  • Monitor your mental health and the mental health of your loved ones
  • Click HERE for more information on staying healthy during winter.


Chapa-De is committed to providing you with high quality, compassionate care. But, we would also much rather keep you well than treat preventable diseases. Please take all precautions necessary to keep yourself healthy during the winter.

If you find yourself feeling under the weather, call our Auburn location at (530) 887-2810 or our Grass Valley location at (530) 477-8545 or visit us online at

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Winter Wellness Month
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