How to Beat the Winter Blues

Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) affects more and more people each year. Here are some ways to counter the emotional impact of winter.

Get moving

This is probably not the first time you’ve read this, and there’s a reason why. In the words of one very smart girl, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.” On that note, do whatever will get your heart pumping for half an hour a day. Better yet, get your butt outside for some exercise. If you can tolerate the cold for longer than just running from the house to the car, try skiing, snowboarding, skating or just go for a brisk walk. Can’t handle the chill? Opt for something to keep you warm and cozy like hot yoga.

Eat right

It's so easy to reach for carbs and leftover holiday treats when you're feeling gloomy, but now is the best time to get your healthy eating habits in check. Certain foods are known to metabollically drag you down, while others are known for their mind-boosting powers. Foods rich in fatty acids, such as fish and avocados, help improve brain functions and will digest a lot easier than complex carbs. Eating lean proteins, lots of veggies and healthy carbs will help boost (and maintain) your energy so you can get out with a lighter mind for a couple of hours a day. 

Hang with people

While spending your eight consecutive hour binge-watching Netflix seems like the best way to beat the cold, you’re not doing your mind or your body and favours. If you’re having a hard time getting yourself out of the house, invite some girlfriends over to watch with you. Interacting with people will get your mind operating and hopefully distract you from the bad weather for a while and will hopefully get you planning some fun post-winter activities. 

Travel

If you have the means to go on vacation around this time of year, then do it! Run, don’t walk! Don’t think, just book it! Going to a new location and unplugging and unwinding from the world for a few days will improve your mind and your mood exponentially. And having something to look forward to will get you excited, already putting your mind at ease (plus, your beach pictures will keep you warm until the snow melts).

 

Tags: beating seasonal affective disorder, Exercise, S.A.D, seasonal affective disorder, Self-help, winter blahs, winter blues

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