Tips To Chase Away The Winter Blues!
June 28, 2016
Seasonal Affective Disorder, more commonly known as “the winter blues” is a form of depression associated with the winter months. Winter blues is caused by cold and miserable as well as the lack of light.
You have to admit – leaving home in the dark, and then getting home in the dark during the winter months can be depressing as we spend all of our daylight hours indoors. Here are a few tips to help chase away the blues.
Go outside within two hours of waking up.
You don’t necessarily have to exercise in the morning – but you should at least step outside for a bit. This does not include walking to your car. Rather sit in your garden as you enjoy your morning coffee or take a walk around the block.
We tend to indulge in little treats more often during winter – often because we feel we need a pick-me-up. However, good nutrition is necessary for good mental and physical health so be sure to consume lots of green and leafy vegetables, or vegetable soups, and avoid sweet treats.
Winter is dark and cold and can make exercising rather unpleasant- as well as unpractical or unsafe. However, you need to keep it up. Picking up winter-weight can add to a low self-image and depression – so don’t fall into that trap! Physical exercise is also a proven way to fight depression.
If you don’t want to go out jogging in the dark consider joining a gym where you can exercise safely, or try out some yoga in your living room.
Limit your caffeine intake
We love to drink warm drinks, like coffee and hot chocolate on a warm winter’s night, but sleep is also important. Ensure that you do not drink so much caffeine that you are kept up at night and feel groggy in the morning.
Fizzy drinks with caffeine in them spike your insulin levels which in turn drops your blood sugar and makes you feel sleepy. Caffeine also dehydrates you. So be sure to avoid these drinks in order to feel fresh and alert.
Take vitamin D supplements
Not spending enough time in the sunshine does have a big effect on your body. Vitamin D supplements will help fight seasonal affective disorder and improve your mood.
Keep a positive body image!
We usually feel better when we know that we look better. Just because it is winter you shouldn’t give up on your body or your appearance, which we often tend to do because we feel sleepy and cold in the morning. Keep up with exercise to feel good about your body. Be sure to moisturise, do your hair, and dress in happy vibrant colours to start the day feeling good about yourself rather than depressed.
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