Winter can be hard for a lot of people. The lack of sunlight and warmth can cause Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Typically people that have SAD start to feel better once the weather starts to warm up and the sun is out longer. Often times, SAD is also called the winter blues. If you suffer from the winter blues and have come looking for a remedy, look no further. Here are some of the best things to do to fight off the winter blues.
How to Fight the Winter Blues
Exercising in the winter can give you much needed fresh air and Vitamin D. It will also help you to stay fit. Individuals that are affected by the Winter blues usually feel a lot better when they go on daily walks and feel the sun on their face, even if it’s cold. Go on hikes, play at the park with your kids, or just take your dog for a walk.
Do your best to stay warm while it’s cold outside. Some people say that feeling cold makes them more depressed. Snuggle up with your family, build a fire, or sit next to an electric heater. The warm air will help bring your spirits up as you get nice and cozy. It also helps to get warm from the inside out by drinking some hot cocoa or hot cider. Hopefully, you’ll be able to feel your winter blues melt away.
During the holidays we have a tendency to let healthy eating go out the window as we indulge in our favorite treats. Unfortunately, this can exacerbate the Winter blues. When we don’t eat right we have less energy and tend to feel less confident as we put on some holiday pounds. Try to minimize your carbohydrate intake and eat plenty of green vegetables and fruits. You will feel better about yourself and combat any extra holiday weight gain.
See Your Loved Ones
Sometimes the last thing you want to do when you’re feeling down is get dressed and go out. But it has been shown that people who do so and see their loved ones actually feel a lot better. Try to go out and have a good time with those you love even if you only go out for a little while. You will feel rejuvenated by spending time with friends and family and you’ll be glad you did it.
Start a New Hobby
It doesn't have to be something really fancy. Just something that you’d like to get better at. Start watercolors, knitting, sewing, blogging, journaling, or singing. A fun new hobby will give you something to look forward to and concentrate on, instead of dwelling on your Winter blues. Your new hobby will give you a little extra light every day because you will like what you’re doing.
Get More Light Exposure
Light therapy is pretty effective for people that have the winter blues. You can simply sit in front of a light box for about 30 minutes to an hour every day at home. Light boxes are really bright and are supposed to replicate the sun. Some people have alarm clocks that are connected to a lamp and will simulate the sunrise to wake you up gradually as if the sun is out.
It’s no fun to have the winter blues, but hopefully, these things will help you to feel a little better. Each of these things works a little differently so if you don’t see improvements by trying one thing, don’t give up. Give each of these things a try and you’ll probably start to notice a difference in how you feel. It’s possible to enjoy the winter. Use these methods to rid yourself of the dreaded winter blues.