Ways to Beat the” Winter Blues”
The winter months can make you feel like you have less energy or even a bit irritable. It’s not uncommon with the colder weather and shorter days. While for some people, this may be a sign of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and may require help from a professional, for others, it’s just a matter of the time of year.
If you’re looking for ways to boost your energy and beat the “winter blues” – here are some ideas that might help!
- Exercise: Exercise is a natural mood booster due to your body releasing endorphins when you work out. Don’t give up exercise in the winter. If you usually exercise outside during the warmer months, it may be time to take up a new exercise that brings you indoors. Spin, yoga, CrossFit, and other activities are all possibilities that you might check out.
- Keep Your Regular Sleep Schedule: It can be tempting to sleep longer with the lack of daylight hours but don’t let that early sunset send you to bed early. Try and keep your regular sleep schedule. This will help keep your body’s circadian rhythm in sync.
- Laugh: Yes, a good laugh can go a long way to boost your mood. Find a funny movie, sitcom, or comedy special that will have you laughing out loud. Or, plan a night out with friends that you know will have you chuckling.
- Invite Some Friends Over: Spending time with others can also help improve your mood during the winter. Have friends over for a game night, a potluck dinner, or to watch a movie. It’s sure to put a smile on your face when you spend time with some of your favorite people.
- Complete a Task: This may not seem like an obvious way to boost your mood, but when you complete a task, that sense of accomplishment can help you feel better. If you’ve been putting off cleaning out your closet – now may be the perfect time to tackle it!
- Plan a Staycation or Vacation: Time away from the cold weather, or even a staycation at a local hotel, can help. The change of scenery can make you happy and help you get through the remaining cold months.
- Volunteer: Volunteering is always a good idea – and during the winter months, you can help not only others but yourself, too. Find local opportunities to give of your time or share your talents so that others benefit.
- Get Outside: It may be the last thing you want to do but head outdoors on a nice day. Enjoy the sunshine and perhaps a brisk walk, some cross country skiing, or snowshoeing.
- Eat a Healthy Diet: Diet is always an important part of feeling great. In the winter months, you may gravitate towards more comforting foods that are higher in fats and carbohydrates. This is fine in moderation, but be sure you are maintaining a balanced diet – full of fruits and vegetables and lean proteins.
- Seek Professional Help If Needed: If you feel that you’re suffering from more than a case of the “winter blues,” don’t hesitate to talk to a professional who can help you.
Don’t let the short days and cold weather dampen your mood. Try some of these ideas to boost your mood until the warmer days of spring arrive.