Winter Snow

Mental Health


Winter can be a challenging season for mental health. Shorter days, less sunlight, and winter weather can lead to less physical activity and increased social isolation. It is normal for people to experience symptoms of seasonal affective disorder during the colder months as well.

For some, outdoor recreation in winter is beneficial for their mental health. Even spending just a few minutes outside can helpful. During the COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor recreation is often be a safer option for social interaction, which is shown to have mental health benefits for some people.

If you or a loved are experiencing mental health challenges, speak with your doctor or a mental health professional.

Mental Health Resources

COVID-19 Safety & the Outdoors

Keep yourself and others safe! COVID-19 transmission is still possible in outdoor settings. Please follow all relevant local, state, and federal government regulations and guidance. Make a habit of regularly checking the latest guidance from towns, states, and land/trail managers.

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