Winter may get off to a warm start this year, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be cold days that seem to drag on forever. You can beat these winter blues with a few simple lifestyle changes.
- Vitamin D and Light Therapy
The sun isn’t just our source of light and warmth on Earth, it also stabilizes your mood and boosts overall health. Drinking milk, eating fatty fish, and taking supplements are easy ways to reverse the winter blues.
- Stay Active
Even if you’ve already forgotten about your New Year’s resolution to get in the gym, don’t worry. Scientists say that physical activity is good for both your body and mind, helping you release stress-busting endorphins that will help you relax this winter.
Volunteering is a great way for those who feel blue to break out of their slump and get involved in their community. Scientists suggest that socializing out of the house is a key component to beating depression and catching the holiday spirit.
- Stick to a Schedule
There’s no need to change your routine just because snow is on the ground. If you’ve been exercising all year outdoors, then keep doing it—even if you need to wear multiple layers of clothes now.
- Do Things You Enjoy
Some activities like gardening may seem seasonal, but they are a significant source of joy and happiness, even if you don’t realize it while you’re doing it. If you’re a devoted gardener, try some indoor planting.
- Stay Cozy
Stop trying to avoid winter. Continually thinking about how much you don’t like the season will make it more likely that you’ll feel sad as the season wears on. Light some candles, invite some friends over and make cocoa instead.
Learning to embrace winter rather than hide from it is the best way to alleviate the winter blues. Finding activities you enjoy and good people to enjoy them with will make the cold season go by much quicker.