I came across this interesting article on the HUFFPOST and I thought how appropriate is it for people who face a long winter in Minnesota.
Winter weather doesn't just affect your physical health -- it can affect your mental health, too.
We may feel more tired during winter because we are exposed to less sunlight throughout the day, which can have a significant impact on how fatigued and drowsy we feel.
Our bodies respond to darkness by producing melatonin, a hormone that helps us sleep. Thus, when the days get shorter and we spend more of our waking hours in darkness, we naturally begin to feel less energetic.
However, a sleepy brain is a sluggish brain, and your fatigued mind certainly won't help you stay on top of your work or home life this winter.
One of the exercise to keep your brain active and healthy, and maintain your mental energy all season long is to learn a language.
Whether you're learning new words in your native language or learning a foreign language, expanding this knowledge pool is a great way to get your mental juices flowing.
One recent study even found that people who speak two languages tend to have higher-functioning brains than those who speak only their native language. Bilingual people are also better at separating important information from non-important information. Thus, this can be a great way to not only exercise your brain, but also learn very practical and useful communication skills.