The winter has always been a difficult time for humans. While most of us don’t need to worry about freezing, Seasonal Affective Disorder has become all too common in recent years. If winter affects you the same way it affects a lot of people, you may want to find ways to chase away the winter blues. We’ll give you a few ways to do this so you can enjoy winter and the time you spend inside.
Start a New Project
Getting stuck in the doldrums of everyday life is a big part of why winter can get us down. Don’t fall into this trap. You can fight back by starting something new. Maybe there’s a hobby that you’ve always wanted to try, or perhaps you want to do some tune ups around the house. Winter is the perfect time to tackle these new goals since you’ll be inside looking for things to do anyway.
Regular Physical Activity
Getting in some physical activity during the winter can be harder than ever, but it’s important for your mental health. Remember, you don’t need to go overboard with this. Even just a brisk walk or a quick yoga session can reset your way of thinking and chase away those winter blues. While it’s tempting to get as cozy as possible for the entire winter, don’t neglect your health by doing so.
Let More Light In
Did you know that the amount of light you take in has a direct influence on your mood? This is why winter can be hard for some people. The sun doesn’t shine quite as often as it does during other seasons and this can have adverse effects on people’s moods. Try to keep your blinds and curtains open as much as possible to let some extra light in. Failing that, you can always get a sun lamp or light box to replace the missing energy you would normally get from the sun.
Continue Normal Routines
It’s completely understandable that one would let a few things slide under their radar when they aren’t going out every day. However, you must remember to take care of yourself first and foremost. If putting on makeup and doing your hair makes you feel better about yourself, don’t stop doing it just because very few people will see it. If you have an exercise routine, keep it up! Don’t sit around in pajamas all day if it makes you feel bad. Only you will know what your body needs to feel good.