Beating the Winter Blues in Lifestyle
It’s no secret that long nights and cold temperatures leave many people feeling less happy than they do during the long, hot summer months.
Keep active and get outside
Even the act of going for a long walk during daylight hours can be as helpful as light treatments for staying happy during the winter. Getting outdoors means you’ll see as much natural daylight as possible. You’ll see most of the sun at around midday and make sure you make the most of every bright winter day we get!
You’re unhappier the colder you are so staying warm during the winter is important. That means making sure you wear warm clothes and making sure wherever you are is appropriately heated. Warm drinks like hot chocolate will also help keep the cold away!
Make sure you eat the right things
A balanced diet during the winter months will help keep your summery outlook. While your natural temptation might be to load up on carbohydrates like bread, pasta and potatoes it’s still important to eat fresh fruit and vegetables.
Start doing something new
Occupy your mind with something else! Taking up a new hobby can help keep your winter blues at bay and it could be anything! While hitting the gym or taking up a new sport will release endorphins which improve your mood, it doesn’t really matter what you decide to focus on. Concentrating on writing a blog, learning a language, taking up a musical instrument or whatever you fancy will help take your mind off how the winter weather is making you feel. The most important thing is to find something you really enjoy so you have something to look forward to.
Make sure you keep in touch with your friends and family. Socialising is great for your mental health. So make sure you’re up to date with all the gossip and banter and think long and hard before you say no to any invitation. Even just catching up for a little while is really good for your mood!
Seasonal Affected Disorder
Some people suffer very severe symptoms of the winter blues; known as Seasonally Affected Disorder (SAD). These symptoms affect them to an extent that they find it difficult to continue living their life normally. There are other therapy options such as counselling, psychotherapy, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) or light therapy which can help treat SAD.
If you feel like you are suffering badly from SAD or the winter blues it is important to see your doctor.