Winter can be tough. The sun isn’t shining (it seems to be a lot of gray days where I am this winter in Ontario). This can lead to a winter depression often known as SAD or seasonal affective disorder.
No need to despair. There are so many sure fire ways to beat the winter blues:
- get outside – go for a walk in the sunlight, just 15 minutes a day is all you need
- vitamin d – the main source is the sun but it’s important to get your fix of vitamin d with some natural choices too, especially over the winter months.
- plants – these provide oxygen, remove toxins and create a feeling of summer. Surround yourself with them.
- extra curricular – find an activity, any activity that you love or want to learn. Take a course, join a group, do something to keep your mind and body occupied.
- exercise – a good choice for an extra curricular activity is any form of exercise. Exercise helps with depression and health in general. It gives your brain oxygen, gets the endorphins pumping and keeps your immune system healthy
- abstain – if you drink and smoke try to cut back or abstain for at least some of the winter months. They change your body chemistry and are depressants.
- wear bright colours – hang around bright colours to increase your mood, dark and dreary will make you feel dark and dreary.
- food – eat the right foods for depression, not just vitamin d, to increase your resistance and improve your mood. Try to avoid junk foods and sugars.
- rest – sleep is important for most people but if you are drained of energy try to regulate your pattern, perhaps even take a daily power nap and get to bed a little bit earlier.
- gratitude – goes a long way. It lifts you up to be thankful for what you have instead focusing on what is not there.
There are hundreds of things that can help with the winter depression (or any depression). Make sure you do just a few of those things every week to combat that awful feeling and compounding effect of the blues.