One of most popular questions I get from people about living so far North is how I deal with the winters. They are incredibly long and can be depressing at times. From the middle of November to the end of January we go without seeing the Sun. Being so far north and it being so dark some people have trouble with the winter blues. Of course, it’s not just here it is something that many people struggle with after the holidays have come and gone. It’s not uncommon for people to feel depressed during the winter. In fact, the medical community refers to this condition as SAD (seasonal affective disorder). There are ways to drag yourself out of this downward spiral.Want to fight and keep the winter blues away try these powerful methods.
Powerful Ways to Fight the Winter Blues
Invest in a Lightbox
One of the reasons people often get the winter blues is the weather. It can be dark, gray, and depressing during the winter. You can invest in a lightbox that will give you the same feeling that the sun does. These lights can significantly improve your emotional state.
Eat a Healthy Diet
We often turn to comfort food during the winter months. Unfortunately, these heavy, high-fat foods can make us feel even worse. If you take the time to make and eat healthy meals, you’ll find yourself feeling better emotionally.
Have a Routine
Having and maintaining a routine during the winter can help you decrease or even keep the winter blues away. It is one of the ways I keep them away. I stay busy and maintain a routine. I also keep a planner that helps me stay on task.
Yes, the weather might be cold, but spending time outdoors can improve your mood. Take the time to walk to a friend’s house to visit or just walk around your neighborhood. Spending too much time indoors, away from others, can significantly change our mood.
Listen to Some Music
Music can always change our mood. Find some upbeat music that makes you smile and crank it up. You could even listen to some beach music if that makes you feel better. Make sure to avoid any slow or depressing music. You want all the music to be the type that makes you want to get up and dance. Create a playlist you can listen to whenever you’re feeling down.
Did you know that scents can change your mood? Candles, essential oils, etc. can be very uplifting. Even body wash and lotion can be scented in a way that makes you feel energized and happy. Citrus scents are very uplifting. Play around with scents until you find one that improves your mood.
Keep a Journal
Writing down your feelings and experience can help you any time of the year but especially during the winter months. Sometimes our thoughts can be overwhelming and we can’t examine them the way we should. It is so therapeutic to write your thoughts, feelings, and experiences down on paper. It will help you look at them from another perspective as well.
Take Up a New Hobby
Last, but not least, if you’re the type that spends most of their time outdoors, you may want to find something you can do indoors during the winter. You might start a new craft or read more books. Whatever it is, choose something that makes you happy.
The winter blues aren’t something to ignore. Many people experience seasonal affective disorder. Thankfully, there are many ways to fight it. Whether you listen to music or invest in a lightbox, you can improve your mood during the winter months.
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