Seasonal Depression aka Winter Blues – Why Does This Happen?
Yes! Seasonal depression is REAL so let’s just embrace these winter months with a warm cup of tea, friends and family. When the weather turn colder and the daylight hours get shorter, we can feel like we are in a funk, or a blue mood. When you feel yourself to start getting slower, sluggish and just feeling down, check in with yourself and remember to do something that you love! It can be as simple as calling a friend or buying yourself a bouquet of flowers.
Here are 5 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues:
1. Start Moving! The cold temps make it easy for us to stay inside and skip those workouts. We find ourselves making excuses more regularly. We rather stay in bed or curl up on the couch and watch a movie! Well, remember that regular exercise holds the power to lift your spirits! If you live in a wintery area, take advantage of the snow and go snowshoeing or ice skating to shake up your routine! Just remember to have fun!
2. Spend Time With Friends and Family – Yes, we know the holidays can be a lot of time with family, however we are a month into the new year so let start making those plans again! Invite a friend to a movie, host a dinner party or join a book club! The long winter months are a perfect time to stay in and connect with friends.
3. Make sure to eat well! Our eating habits can be thrown off during the holiday season but now it’s time to get back on track. We can beat the winter blues with nourishing and healthy meals. When will fill out on nutritious foods, we tend to have more energy!
4. Set Goals! Create realistic expectations for yourself. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to achieve those lofty new year’s resolutions. Be kind to yourself and set small achievable goals if you are feeling stressed and anxious.
5. Give back! This is the perfect time of the year to spend time with others and give back. Through charity, we find deeper human connections and a sense of grounding. Find a local charity or organization that resonates with you. Commit to making change and instead of feeling blue, make a difference!