You have heard of them right? The Winter Blues? I know I have. Sometimes, during those cold winter months, it’s easy to fall victim to the Winter Blues.
If there were ways to avoid feeling depressed and low during the winter months, wouldn’t you want to take advantage of that?
That’s not to say that these tips will work for everyone, but they CAN help. They have helped me at least.
5 Tips to Beat the Winter Blues
1. Vitamin D
Ok, so not JUST Vitamin D, but also sunlight! Open your curtains and let the sun shine in. You will feel better for it. During the Winter months, the days are shorter and can seem dark and dreary. A decrease in your exposure to sunlight over the winter months can send you straight into the winter blues.
2. Make Healthy Choices
Your mood can greatly depend on what kind of foods you are consuming. Avoid refined sugars and processed foods. Ensuring that you are eating foods that are high in nutrients that your body needs, can help to beat the winter blues. Eating the wrong foods can not only deplete your energy, but can can also induce mood swings, cause depression and ruin your concentration levels.
3. Get Enough Sleep
Make sure that you get enough sleep, but don’t overdo it. Over sleeping, can have just as much of a negative effect on your mood as not getting enough sleep.
4. Keep Active
We all know that exercise is a good way to keep your body in shape, but it is also a great way to keep your mind healthy. Exercise releases chemicals in your body that make you feel great. Dance around your living room, or go to the gym to beat the winter blues.
Don’t hide in your house! Get out and gallivant with friends. Getting social helps to make you feel happy, hiding in your house can have the reverse effect. So get out, and do something exciting.
Following these tips can make the winter months less depressing and decrease your chances of being hit by the winter blues.
Enjoy the winter months this year! Besides, what better excuse for hot chocolate than a cold day?
Do you ever feel like you have fallen victim to the winter blues?