How to Avoid the Winter Blues
The “winter blues” are a real thing.
A lot of people feel depressed during the winter months, and it’s not just in their heads. Reduced sunlight can mess with your internal clock, your circadian rhythm, and make you feel more tired and lethargic than usual.
It’s all because of melatonin, the hormone that triggers sleep. But you don’t have to just live with it. There are ways to help elevate your mood!
Get outside and take some walks
You need all the sunlight you can get, so make sure to soak it up during daylight hours. Even if it’s raining or snowing, you can still go for a walk. Just make sure you’re bundled up and have some non-slip boots on.
Don’t just sit around on the couch all winter. Get out and do stuff! Go to the movies, visit friends, hit the gym. The more active you are, the better you’ll feel.
Try Lightbox Therapy
You can also try lightbox therapy. It’s a special light unit that emits soft, steady light, and it’s been known to help people with the winter blues. Just sit in front of it and let those rays do their thing.
Watch what you eat
Winter is a time for celebration and delicious food, but try to cut back on the sugar and fatty stuff. It might give you a temporary rush, but you’ll crash later and feel even worse.
Listen to music
Music is another great mood booster. Put on some tunes that you love and let the good vibes flow.
Join a group
Joining a group with similar interests is also a powerful mood enhancer. It could be a book club, quilting club, or even a hunting club. New friends and new experiences can really brighten up your winter.
Get organized and tackle those important tasks you’ve been putting off. You might be surprised at how good it feels to get things done!
The winter blues are no match for a little bit of sunshine, activity, and good company. Stay positive and keep on truckin’!