Do the cold temperatures and shorter days make you feel a bit blue during this time of the year? If so, you are not alone. Many people encounter the winter blues, which are also known as seasonal affective disorder. Keep reading because these 7 tips will help you manage the winter blues so you will feel better this season.
1. Exercise Your Blues Away
When you exercise, your body naturally releases endorphins, which will make you feel good. Exercise has been suggested in the American College of Sports Medicine Journal as a possible alternative to treating depression. Set aside your gym shorts and shoes the night before and it’ll be easier for you to go to the gym in the morning.
2. Light Boxes Actually Work
Research has now proven that half of people who are affected by the winter blues, can help them go away with the flip of a light box switch. Simply put, these boxes help your body and mind wake up in the morning and decrease the body’s production of the sleep hormone melatonin. That’s great if you have a full day ahead of you.
3. Greet the Morning Sunlight
A simple but effective way anyone can manage his or her winter blues better this season is by exposing yourself to the morning sunlight. In the morning open your curtains and let in as much light as possible. If the sun doesn’t shine into your bedroom, rouse yourself out of bed and sit in a sunny room or go for a walk.
4. Make Relaxation Your Priority
Scientific research shows that meditation and breathing exercises, when done consistently, can change the neural connections in our brains and alleviate stress. Another great option is to practice yoga in the mornings. If you know a few poses, get yourself into down dog and take deep breaths. If yoga is new to you, lots of videos on YouTube can help you get started.
5. Dream Up Your Next Vacation
A great vacation will certainly kick your winter blues. Plan a trip to a sunny locale. If a vacation is not in the cards, try visualizing yourself on the sunny beach.
6. Try Some Winter Sports
If you’re an outdoorsy type, seek out opportunities to play this winter. Look for ice skating rinks or ski mountains. You can probably find a supportive community of people to join on MeetUp.com and really kick your winter blues.
7. Don’t Eat So Much Sugar
Although it is so tempting during the winter season, hold yourself back from over indulging in the sweets. Sugar can give you mood swings or even cause you to gain weight, neither of which will make you feel better.
Managing the winter blues can be done. Make a note of your two or three favorite of these seven suggestions and put it on your fridge or near your bed. Remind yourself that you have the power to feel better this winter.