‘Tis the season of shadowy mornings, early evenings, and nippy days in between. The reduced daylight hours and colder climate can leave some feeling in the dumps. The winter blues may claim some but here are ways to beat these seasonal mood changes.
GET THOSE ENDORPHINS PUMPING WITH SOME PHYSICAL EXERCISE
Physical activity stimulates the chemicals in the brain to help you feel uplifted, de-stressed, and in better spirits. Regular exercise can also be an energy booster to get through those darker evenings.
FOLLOW A REGULAR SLEEP SCHEDULE
Taking steps during the day to help with your mood and energy levels is only the half of it. The quality of sleep you get during the night is a major factor. Ensure you have a regular sleep schedule that includes a minimum of seven hours. Make a habit of waking up at the same time everyday to help solidify a routine.
GET THE RIGHT NUTRIENTS IN YOU
Although the winter season comes with comfort food favorites, it is vital to ensure you give yourself the right nutrients with a healthy diet. How we fuel our bodies can have a role in our mental health. Opt for nutrient-dense foods to energize you and try to avoid oily or sugary foods that leave you feeling sluggish.
ENJOY A LOCAL GETAWAY
The excitement of an upcoming holiday or vacation is a definite mood booster. Although destination vacations are not always practical, planning a little vacation locally can offer similar excitement. Planning a staycation does not require too much planning and budgeting so going on one is easy. A staycation can be a weekend getaway to a neighboring city for a change of scenery, or can be as humble as a spa day with friends.
BRING OUT THE POPCORN AND LAUGHS WITH SOME FEEL-GOOD FILMS
Watch a favorite show or movie of yours to bring on the giggles and good times. Earn extra brownie points by watching a flick with family or friends. The right company can add to boosting your mood and feelings of well-being.
SEEK HELP FROM A TRUSTED SOURCE
The winter blues are different for everyone and can personally differ from year to year depending on the things going on in your life at the time. If you find that you cannot seem to shake off the blues, it might be time to speak with someone. Reaching out to a trusted friend or family member or professional can be a great release.