3 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues
Shorter days, cold temperatures and dreary skies all contribute to a feeling of blah for many people. They don’t have much energy, feeling lethargic and even depressed. Often termed the winter blues, this condition usually begins after the holidays and lasts until spring and warm, sunny days arrive.
You don’t have to live with the doldrums all winter long. There are ways you can beat those winter blues and enjoy every day regardless of the weather.
Light Your World
The dark days add to the negative feelings you experience this time of year. However, you can beat it by adding more light. Open up curtains even if it’s dreary outside. Turn on lights or add more lamps in the room to make it appear brighter. The additional light will give you more energy and improve your outlook.
It’s common for people to eat more carbs in the winter. They crave the comfort food that has long been associated with cold weather. However, you may miss out on important nutrients, so include plenty of fruit and vegetables in your diet. Heavier foods like bread and pasta weigh you down and can make you feel lethargic. Complex carbs like fruit will give you energy without the crash that comes with sugary foods.
Create a Fun Environment
Make the space where you live and work more exciting and fun. Turn on some fast-paced music that will make you want to get up and dance. Work on a hobby that you enjoy but don’t have time for in the summer. Get outside even when it’s cold. The cold temperatures will invigorate you while the daylight will make you feel more positive. You can also find ways to help others like the elderly who can’t get out and shovel their sidewalks. By being more active and doing fun or helpful tasks, you’ll focus less on being bored and more on the fun in your days.
You can’t avoid winter, but you can stop the sad or negative feelings that often go along with this season. Try these three tips and you just might find that you look forward to the cold weather and the fun it brings.