The winter season is a difficult time for many people. The dreary weather leaves 1 in 4 Americans feeling tired, melancholy and even depressed. After the holiday season these feelings can become even more severe. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, and activities to help you make it through. I’ve put together the 5 best ways to beat the winter blues!
Decreased sunlight exposure is the leading cause of “the winter blues”. Sunlight affects your body’s internal clock. As the daylight hours dwindle in winter, it throws your internal clock out of sync and can contribute to feelings of gloom.
Getting 30 minutes of sunlight exposure in the mornings can really help. Bundle up and take a morning break out in the fresh air. You should notice improvements in your mood, which will carry through for the rest of the day, right away.
Treat Your Body
The foods you eat have a great affect on your mood and energy. Processed and high carb foods like bread, pasta and rice can zap your energy level and leave you feeling down in the dumps.
Fresh fruit and veggies can be a life line! These healthy food options provide your body with nutrients and stabilize your blood sugar. Treat yourself to a fresh fruit smoothie instead of ice cream for dessert, or better yet, have one for breakfast while enjoying the sunlight!
Get in the Hot Tub!
Hot tubs make a huge difference for seasonal melancholy. Warming up and relaxing in comfort helps to ease feelings of stress and depression, as well as winter aches and pains.
Couple your soaking routine with the use of hot tub aromatherapy fragrances that remind you of your favorite things, like Fresh Cut Flowers and Tropical Rain. Aromatherapy can elevate your mental state and give you an even bigger after-soak mood boost.
Read a Book
Reading is a great way to explore new worlds, concepts, and ideas, from the comfort of your own couch! Books are food for your mind and can make a huge impact on your mood and feelings.
Pick a novel or subject matter that is interesting and exciting to you and dive in! Reading before bed is also a great tool for calming the senses and allowing you to drift to sleep most peacefully.
Planning for Spring
If you garden or enjoy doing spring & summer projects around the house, there is no better time to plan for these activities than in the winter.
Keep your spirits high with images of dahlias and plump zucchini floating in your mind! 2014 seeds are now available at most garden centers & nurseries across the US. Mapping out your garden space and determining what produce you will grow this year is a great way to spend the last evenings of winter!
Whatever activities make you happy, Pinterest can be a great source for inspiration to get you started! Sources: http://www.webmd.com/depression/features/beating-winters-woes