I think it’s about time someone wrote a winter blues anthem in the same vein as Lana’s summertime sadness. The shorter daylight hours, crappy cold weather, and just overall feeling of gloom really do a number on a person. I know we’re on the better side of winter solstice (it was December 21) so the days are slooowly getting longer, but until we get to that point, S.A.D is gonna be hanging around.
Well, what exactly is S.A.D.?
This stands for seasonal affective disorder, which is basically depression brought on by the season change. It tends to linger from late fall until the start of spring, and results in symptoms like the following:
• weight gain
• appetite change
• trouble concentrating
Basically, life just feels really dang hard, okay? To help us all survive until sunnier days (literally and figuratively), I decided to put together a list of tips to cope with the winter blues. I hope that if you’re struggling some of these lend themselves to be useful to you. ♥
Exercise releases endorphins, which can totally help boost your mood. I know that it’s hard to find the urge to workout when you’re feeling down, but it only takes about 15 minutes of exercise to get you going! And there’s so many types of exercise, you’re bound to find something you like. Do some jumping jacks, sun salutations, dance to your favorite guilty pleasure music, or even go for a walk; just get yourself moving! You’ll feel that increase in your mood soon.
2. EAT HEALTHIER:
When you feel crappy it seems much more convenient to sit with a box of pizza rolls and binge watch Netflix, but it really becomes a cycle. When you eat junk, you feel like junk. If you just take a few extra minutes a day to prepare yourself healthier foods, you’ll really start to notice a difference. Your body needs good vitamins and nutrients to get your cells functioning at their best, so it only makes sense to provide it with the things it really needs, not the greasy food your brain thinks it needs.
3. LISTEN TO MUSIC:
Music has been found to immensely affect our moods, so why not make yourself a playlist of your favorite upbeat songs to listen to every time you start feeling down? Better yet, why not put together a rad playlist (I think I’m going to start doing monthly playlists for y’all) of music that makes you feel like getting up and moving, so you dance some exercise into your day as well?
4. START A HOBBY:
Giving yourself a creative outlet can help cultivate positive emotions because you start feeling productive and accomplished. You might find it hard to start, but one you pick something and get going, it’ll be super rewarding! I tend to pick up crocheting in the colder months, but this year keeping my blog running and thriving has been my focus. The possibilities are endless!
5. GET OUTSIDE:
I know that it’s cold, but bundle yourself up and find a reason to get your booty outside. Take a walk to the corner store, around the neighborhood, or even just to your mailbox; once a day give yourself an excuse to just get yourself outside. The vitamin D you absorb from being outside during the day can significantly help your mood, going for walks will help with focus, and in general your stress levels will decrease. Plus, again you’re exercising so you’ll release endorphins. (If you really just can’t get out there, check out vitamin D lamps!)
I know struggling through that winter funk can be rough, but I’m confident these tips will help you start on your path to turning the season around for yourself! If for some reason you really find yourself struggling, I encourage you to seek out a medical professional!