Feeling The Winter Blues? Here Are 7 Ways To Help You Feel Better
Updated: Feb 12, 2020
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is the topic in everyone's conversation these days. The scarcity of sunlight in these winter months has negatively affected many people, including me. Since the lack of sunlight cause our brains to produce less serotonin, a chemical linked to brain pathways that regulate mood, we tend to feel more sluggish, unmotivated, irritated, moody or even depressed.
Since the lack of sunlight cause our brains to produce less serotonin, a chemical linked to brain pathways that regulate mood, we tend to feel more sluggish, unmotivated, irritated, moody or even depressed.
So if you're also feeling this way, just know that it's completely normal and it will pass. However, it's important to keep yourself happy and healthy during these winter months. One way to combat the "winter blues" is to do more physical activities. I know, I know, it's cold outside, but you don't have to go out for a run when it's -10 degrees outside. You can go to the gym, do some home workout, or practise yoga or pilates right in the comfort of your home.
One way to combat the "winter blues" is to do more physical activities.
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With that knowledge, I start coming back to doing yoga every morning and also consider taking some yoga classes. I've been on the lookout for some new workout outfits and recently stumbled upon Joe Fresh new #activewear line. I love the design, comfort and affordability of these pieces. Their breathable fabric feels so good on my skin, and I'm honestly so happy with the quality and design I get for such a reasonable price point. My favourite is the graphic print jacket, it works well as a layer and keeps me warm on cold days, and needless to say, the vibrant pattern never fails to light up my day every time I see it :)
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Besides doing more physical activity, here are 6 other ways to help you combat SAD - boosting your energy, mood and outlook in the winter months when the temperature is too cold and the sunlight is scarce:
1. Keep a journal:
It's easier to express and process our thoughts and feelings when you write it down, and this is only for you to read, so go wild, write whatever comes to your mind, rant about what's bothering you, and don't forget affirmations to help you feel better
2. Try to sleep and wake up at a consistent time:
We tend to oversleep in the winter when it seems so cold and dark outside, but some of us may not even get enough sleep to begin with. Try to take care of your body these days, and be gentle with yourself.
Balancing is important. Take time to rest and take care of yourself if you need to.
3. Consider Light Therapy:
This is probably the most-studied method to combat the winter blues. Science has shown that light therapy aids the production of melatonin and serotonin, which help regulate mood and sleep for better mental and physical health.
4. Listen to happy music:
In a 2013 study, researchers showed that listening to cheerful or active music significantly improved the mood of the participants in both the short and long term. So it's time to turn up the tunes, sing your heart out and dance like nobody's watching!
If you still think that meditation is only for monks and the spiritual, it's time to change your mind! There are so many proven benefits of meditation, and you should definitely try it out if you haven't. Taking quiet time for yourself to meditate and slow down when things get too emotional and overwhelming. Also, don't forget to be mindful of your surroundings and pay attention to the beauty of little things in life. Happiness can sometimes come just like that!
6. Plan something you look forward to:
Plan a weekend getaway by yourself to get a change of scenery, getting tickets to see your favourite artist, or simply catching up with an old friend for lunch - the list is endless. Whatever it is, make sure that you choose to spend time with positive, uplifting people who care about you and can make you laugh and have fun.