Contrary to popular belief, winter blues isn’t just a case of feeling sad because the sun has gone away. It’s an actual condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, and it affects millions of people around the world. However, once you’ve been diagnosed with the condition, don’t be resigned to believing you will be sad or depressed throughout those colder months. By trying any of these tips below, you can fight your way through winter and prepare yourself for the warm, fun summer ahead.
Use Light Therapy
Light therapy is often recommended by doctors to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder, among other conditions. This form of treatment involves sitting near a light box that lets off bright light akin to natural light. This process can help you to sleep better, reduce the effects of seasonal depression, and lift your mood. What’s more, you may begin to notice a change in your mood in as little as few days.
If light therapy is not something you believe would be beneficial for you, be sure to include exercise into your daily routine instead. Studies show that walking for one hour per day is as helpful as light therapy, and of course, helps you to get fit as well. Getting outdoors in daylight is going to be beneficial for your mood, and if you have a pet to walk, is good for them, as well.
Ward off the Winter Chills
If you’re cold all of the time, of course, you’re going to feel blue. In colder climes, winter can be particularly harsh, and this can take its toll on your mental health. Therefore, it’s essential that you’re well prepared and keep warm once the temperature outdoors drops. Put a hot pot of stew on the stove, wear plenty of warm clothes, and keep your home at around 20 degrees Celsius. If it helps, close all your curtains, so you’re oblivious to the conditions outside.
During winter, the shops are full of starchy root vegetables and dense, sumptuous meals. While it’s tempting to treat yourself to a carb overload, avoid making a habit of it. Many people stock up on root vegetables in winter because it’s cost-effective to buy what’s in season, but when you pair these with hearty roasts and creamy sauces, it’s a recipe for disaster.
If you aren’t at your best mentally, putting on weight and feeling the physical effects can only exacerbate the problem. If you continue to eat as you do in the warmer months, you can maintain your physique and feel better for it.
Seasonal Affective Disorder and general winter blues can affect us all at one time or another, especially in winters that drag on. Don’t let the colder weather get you down. Take action, know your triggers, and before you know it, summer will be here once more.