As far as seasons go, Winter doesn’t get the love it deserves. What could be better than drinking your first hot chocolate of the season, catching snowflakes on your tongue, buying presents for loved ones, sweater weather, sledding, WINTER BREAK….!?!, twinkle lights and snowy nights… there are so many reasons to love Winter!
But unfortunately for all of it’s good qualities, we know that Winter also brings bitter temperatures, disappearing daylight, and many of us get SAD.
Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons. Some symptoms of SAD can include: low energy, sleeping more than usual, overeating, craving carbs, weight gain, and social withdrawal. Being SAD seems pretty easy to slip into, which is why we’ve created a list of ways to combat those feelings to keep you feeling happy all Winter long!
- 1. Develop a set routine: Adhering to a set routine can help us meet and achieve our goals. Routines help us develop good habits and explore our full potential, they can also help to eliminate bad habits that don’t serve us well. Start small. Make a point to wake up five minutes earlier to stretch, cut off your screen time an hour before you go to bed, opt to do something active with friends instead of hanging inside in front of the TV.
- 2. Exercise: This one is a no-brainer! Exercise gives you endorphins, the happy hormones that boost your mood and can last 2-3 hours after a workout. We all need an hour of physical activity a day anyways, take the time to go for a brisk walk or jog, or try to master some new yoga poses!
- 3. Opt outside: We know, we know – it’s COLD. But bundle up and take advantage of the sun when it’s out. Your body naturally produces vitamin D in response to sunlight, and vitamin D is known to decrease depression, fight disease, and even help to boost weight loss.
- 4. Meditate: Meditation is an approach to training the mind, much like how exercise and activity can train your physical body. Meditation allows you to take note of your thoughts to calm and focus your mind. Meditative practices have been known to reduce stress and anxiety. Click here to learn How to Meditate for Beginners – A Definitive Guide.
- 5. Have a Staycation: Money is tight around the holidays. Make the most of your time by checking out all of the cool things your city has to offer! Having a fun outing with friends and family can certainly boost your mood and ward off feelings of SADness.
- 6. Try something new!: Keep it fun this Winter by trying new things! Seasonal produce, is just that – seasonal. Try these items while they’re in-season this Winter: pomegranates, carrots, beets, turnips
There are so many things to be thankful for this season, stay grounded and use this list to try to ward off any SADness that may come your way!
Wishing you happiness all Winter long,