5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Frigid temps throughout the winter can leave us feeling irritable, agitated, and sometimes depressed. The drastic change in weather and lack of sunlight can lead you to feel lethargic as well. Unfortunately, unless you live in a city with little change of season this pattern is inevitable. However, it is possible to combat these feelings of depression and keep your mood elevated throughout the winter days. Here are our top tips for beating the winter blues:

 

1. Exercise
Exercising on a regular basis has been known as a way to battle depressing or feelings of sadness. Exercising at any intensity provides your body with endorphins, which produce a positive feeling within your body. These help to reduce our anxiety and stress levels. Have you ever overheard a runner talking about their “runners high” after a great run? Well, that feeling is due to endorphins. Exercise also helps us to look and feel our physical best. Feeling inspired, motivated, and having high self esteem also attribute to exercise’s effect on our mental state.

2. Treat Yourself
Treating yourself (within reason) can help improve your mood. Pamper yourself for a day. Get a manicure, go shopping or go out to eat at that restaurant you’ve been dying to go to. These little fun activities can bring you some happiness.

3. Eat the right foods
Eating tons of sweets like candy or desserts might give you temporary feelings of elation but the spike in blood sugar drops quickly along with those euphoric feelings. Eating junk food has shown to increase stress and anxiety levels. Instead, choose 70% dark chocolate as a treat. Dark chocolate has been known to reduce stress hormone levels. Not only does it affect your mood, but it also comes with other benefits like improved cardiovascular health.

 

4. Spend Time With Those You Love
There is no better medicine than laughter. Spending time with your friends and family is the best way to enjoy your time. Laughing and having fun will improve your mood and will help get you out of your rut.

 

 

5. Expose Yourself to More Light
Lack of sunlight is one of the main causes of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Choose to sit near open windows or keep your blinds open throughout the day. If you are unable to be near natural sunlight, use a lamp at your desk to increase the amount of light you’re exposed to. This can help stabilize and improve your mood throughout the day.

 

By: Brittany Ciavarella