The good news is that you can beat those ol' Winter time blues! Here are some tips that can help us through:
- Maintain your schedule and routine! This can be hard to do when it's cold and windy but it is oh so important. Get up about the same time each day, eat your meals about the same time, and complete at least one task each day. I know it's so easy to hibernate but it's not helpful.
- Exercise! I think we all know the benefit of exercise these days, both mentally and physically. While it's easier to exercise when the sun is shining, don't forget we need these benefits all year long! Exercise not only relieves stress but it also releases endorphins, the "feel good" hormones.
- Eat healthy! I think we all tend to indulge a bit around the holidays but try to get back on track. We need to eat good quality food to maintain our energy level. So think about what you're eating, particularly if you're appetite is a bit suppressed.
- Schedule fun activities! Again, I think this is so much easier in the warmer months but still as important during the Winter. You may need to be creative, but schedule something you enjoy at least once a week. See a movie, go to a favorite restaurant, spend some time at your local bookstore, take a walk - whatever you deem fun, do it!
- Socialize! Don't hibernate all Winter. Spend time with friends and family.
- Laugh! We all need a good laugh right? It's a great stress reliever and can make any day brighter. Watch a funny movie or hang out with those who make you laugh.
- Engage regularly in stress-reducing activities! What helps you relax? Exercise? Journaling? Friends? A hot bath? A good book? Whatever that is for you, engage in it!
- If your symptoms persist or are severe please seek medical assistance. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real disorder that is more severe than the "Winter blues" that can successfully be treated. You don't have to suffer.
This list is certainly not exhaustive and is in no way intended to replace professional medical care. But is can certainly help those of us who need a little boost this winter.
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Have a wonderful week!