HPC Fire Inspired always strives to be a bright light offering consumers opportunities to create memorable moments achieving respite from daily stressors. Winter is upon us, days are shorter and it is common for many to feel down or less energized. The National Institute of Health encourages individuals to take a proactive approach to fight those feelings of “winter blues”.  In This Lifestyle Talk, HPC wants to highlight some of the top ways to fight the winter blues and remain well in the New Year.

Benefits Of Fire

Fire can have various benefits that are both practical and psychological. Frequent exposure to fire offers benefits which combat symptoms by providing warmth, light and a peaceful atmosphere.  The warmth of the flame, the sight and the sound of the crackling fire engages the senses yielding a state of relaxation. Additionally, the social and recreational aspects of gathering around a fire can help alleviate feelings of isolation and boost overall well-being during the colder months.

Keep Active & Get Outdoors

National health Research has shown that a daily one-hour walk in the middle of the day could be as helpful as light treatment for coping with the winter blues. Getting outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible, especially at midday and on brighter days can boost your overall mood. Engaging in daily exercises such as yoga, cardio, HIT classes or cycling will release your body’s natural endorphins promoting a healthy body and mind.

Keeping your mind active with a new interest can help ward off symptoms of the winter blues. Activities such as, playing games, singing, reading, knitting, joining a gym, or keeping a journal can be helpful. The most important factor is to be intentional creating things to look forward to and focus on.

Keep Warm

Research has shown that being cold makes you feel more down or depressed. Data has shown that by staying warm you can greatly reduce symptoms of the winter blues. Keep toasty with hot drinks and warm food. Wear warm clothing and aim to keep your home between 18C and 21C or 64F and 70F degrees. Cozy up by the warmth of a fire engaging all of your senses.

Eat Well

A healthy diet will boost your mood, give you more energy. Balance your craving for carbohydrates, such as pasta and potatoes, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.


We aren’t meant to be alone in isolation. Socializing with friends and family promotes mental health wellness and helps ward off the winter blues. Make an effort to keep in touch with people you care about and carve out time to foster connections.

Seek Help

If your symptoms are more severe and are beginning to impact your daily living it is time to seek help. Contact your General Practitioner for more information to help maintain your wellness. Treatments such as, light therapy, counseling, psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help you cope with symptoms.

HPC Wishing You Well

From our HPC Family to yours we are wishing you well in the coming year. It is easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of day to day life. We encourage you to set time aside for wellness. Being intentional and prioritizing mental health check ins, and engaging in stress reducing activities will fill your cup up once again.

Contact HPC Fire Inspired to help create a restful retreat to rejuvenate your mind and body as well as foster connections with family and friends. Reach out to our team at 937-436-9800 and we will educate you about all of outdoor offerings.