Six Ways to Combat the Winter Blues

Sometimes the transition from winter to spring can be a rough one. After months of shorter days, colder temperatures and being cooped up in the house, you may feel a little bit antsy . . . maybe even depressed.

Seasonal affective disorder, commonly known as SAD, is a form of depression triggered by the changing seasons. It’s especially common during wintertime with over half a million Americans experiencing it.

In the words of The Beatles, “Here comes the sun.” But until that sun comes and brings springtime with it, here are a few tips you can try to lighten your mood and combat those winter blues.

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  1. Get outdoors – Even though it might be chilly out, bundle up and get some fresh air. Go for a walk when the sun is out. Your body will thank you for the fresh air and the sunlight. When indoors, try to keep the blinds open and do your work near a window.
  2. Exercise – The cold and the dark can cause you to feel groggy, and exercising might be the last thing you want to do. However, don’t get out of the habit. Your body needs those wonderful endorphins you’ll get from working up a sweat.
  3. Take a vitamin D supplement – Many people have a vitamin D deficiency regardless of the time of year. In the winter when you are out in the sun less, you are more likely to not get the necessary amount of vitamin D. Along with trying to get out in the sun more during the winter, take a vitamin D supplement.
  4. Buy a houseplant – Having live plants in your house can be very beneficial. During winter, you are spending more time indoors. Houseplants will purify the air and make it easier to breathe. Studies have also found that houseplants can reduce anxiety, colds, headaches, and fatigue.
  5. Find a fun indoor hobby – Since winter means you’ll be spending more time indoors, find something you can enjoy doing from the comfort of your home. Start a book club with friends, sign up for a cooking class, create art, take up crocheting. Wintertime could provide the perfect opportunity for you to start something you’ve always wanted to do. Find something enjoyable to help pass the time. Also, make your home a cozy and comforting place where you can feel inspired while picking up these new hobbies. Clean and organize, hang up some new decor, or light a yummy candle to set the right tone.
  6. Talk it out – Talking about your feelings always helps. Open up to a close friend or family member. If your depression seems out of control, seek professional help and talk to a therapist.

winter blues 2Winter can be beautiful, but it can also be a difficult time for many people. Find comfort in knowing that after the cold and the storms have passed, wonderful and cheerful things will bloom. In the meantime, find creative ways to fight off those winter blues. You deserve to be happy!

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