Winter is an exciting time of the year, but it can also be a bit depressing, which is why you need some tricks for beating the winter blues.
When I hear of the word “winter” I think of hot chocolate, hot vanilla lattes, fuzzy socks, cuddling, and reading a book in front of the fireplace. Unfortunately, winter is also a time of seasonal depression. Winter blues are a powerful force to reckon with, so it is important that you do not ignore the signs of seasonal depression. There are many fun and affordable ways to beat seasonal depression. Take a look at my favorite tricks for beating the winter blues. Number 8 and 9 are my top two favorites. 😊 Who wouldn’t want to cuddle and have some hot cocoa?
1. Go outside
Spending time outdoors will do you wonders and the natural light is one of the easiest tricks for beating the winter blues! The more time you spend inside your home, the less vitamin D you will be soaking up from the sun. Your body can still absorb vitamin D in the middle of winter so breathing in fresh air is just as important. For your body to function well, it requires fresh air daily, even if it's cold outside.
Watch a comedy at the movie theater or see a theatrical performance that will make you laugh. Laughter is the best medicine, right? When we laugh, we regain our balance and mental clarity, making us feel more grounded. Laughter is essential for emotional health and well-being.
Do some journaling or write in a diary. It’s amazing how therapeutic it is to write. By jotting down your thoughts, you will gain a new perspective on things and might even learn something new about yourself.
Daily exercise is very important for your mind and body. Working out and getting your endorphins going will immediately make you feel happier. Aim for 3-5 days of exercise per week, at a minimum of 30 minutes each time.
5. Eat Healthy
Making sure you get your daily dose of proper nutrients is very important to your health. A proper balance of vegetables, fruits, protein, and carbohydrates will lift your spirits. Eat a healthy snack, like a handful of nuts or peanut butter on an apple and even the coldest day will be wonderful.
6. Take Vitamin D
Vitamin D is an important nutrient that our bodies need, and we soak it in through our skin when we are outside in the sun. During the winter, it can be hard to get enough vitamin D, so it’s beneficial to use a supplement, but only if directed by your doctor.
7. Take Fish Oil
One of the most helpful supplements to use during the winter is fish oil. Research demonstrates that fish oil can help to reduce winter depression. One country in particular, Iceland, consumes large amounts of fish, which significantly decreases seasonal depression among its inhabitants.
Studies show that physical affection increases oxytocin levels in the brain, which helps us to feel happier and is overall considered the feel good hormone. Cuddle your lover, your kids or your dog and see how much better you feel.
9. Have Some Chocolate
When you consume chocolate, your brain releases endorphins, in the same way as when you do a great workout. Make yourself some hot cocoa, or eat dark chocolate covered nuts. The rule of thumb is that the darker the chocolate, the higher the content of real cocoa solids. Just be sure not to have dark chocolate before bed because it has a higher amount of cocoa solids, which also means a higher amount of caffeine.
10. Plan Something Fun
Plan a trip, a night out with friends, or anything else you love doing. When you create a fun plan, you also build anticipation. This gives you something to look forward to, which can help you to feel less depressed. It doesn’t have to be costly, as long as it is fun!