The winter blues can have a real effect on people and can cause some seasonal depression. In fact, the ‘winter blues’ are described as a milder version of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). To some extent, these mood changes can be attributed to the decreased sunlight and daylight hours. Even though it’s not talked about very much, depression is real so don’t be ashamed if you are experiencing this.
1. Take Up A New Hobby
Staying active can take your mind off of the wintery cold season! Doing things such as singing, knitting, joining a gym, cooking, reading, keeping a journal, or writing a blog. The important thing is that you have something to look forward to and concentrate on.
2. See Your Friends And Family
It’s been shown that socialising is good for your mental health and helps ward off the winter blues. Make an effort to keep in touch with people you care about and accept any invitations you get to social events, even if you only stop by for a little while.
If you are not near your friends or family, try calling them at least once a week to help boost your happiness during the winter months!
3. Make Your Environment Brighter
Opening blinds and curtains, trimming back tree branches, and sitting closer to windows can also help provide an extra dose of sunshine!
Make an effort to get natural sunlight during the day and limit your days spent entirely indoors. Also, be sure that you’re getting proper amount of sleep—about eight hours for most adults.
4. Turn On The Tunes
In a 2013 study, researchers showed that listening to upbeat or cheery music significantly improved participant’s mood in both the short and long term!
Laughter can significantly reduce your stress levels. Laughing can also help reduce blood pressure, stimulate your mind, and boost your immune systems. I’m sure most of us have Netflix so scroll through and find a favorite comedian, get cozy with a nice blanket, pop some popcorn, pour a nice drink, and let the laughs flow! For those who don’t have Netflix, you can also Youtube a few comedy skits too!
Part 5 is right around the corner! Stay tuned!