Old Man Winter has arrived! Along with all of the natural wonders of the season, he brings with him shorter days, less sunlight and the “winter blues” characterized by mild depression, lack of motivation, and general malaise that many people experience when the weather turns cold.
Even if you feel like hibernating, try a few of the following tricks to get your body and mind moving.
Eat a Healthy Diet
What and when you eat can affect your mood and energy level. Try to avoid refined and processed foods like white breads, rice, and sugar that drain your energy – causing depression and mood swings. Complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, brown rice, veggies and fruit are essential in providing your body and mind with nutrients that stabilize your blood sugar.
Good Day Sunshine!
Sunlight provides Vitamin D that can improve your mood. When people spend less time outside during the colder months, grouchiness ensues. Considering changing the light bulbs in your house to “full spectrum” bulbs that mimic natural light and have the same effects as sunshine.
It’s easy to stay warm inside, looking outside at the beauty of the season, but partaking in the unique activities winter has to offer will boost your energy and spirit. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding are fun, low-impact activities that put some pep in your step. Step out in style with eye-catching activewear that adds a bright touch to your winter wardrobe.
Focusing on your breathing is a key component of mediation and has been proven useful in fighting depression. Drawing in slow, deep, relaxing breaths stimulates the vagus nerve that counteracts the stress response. Deep breathing is free, easy and can be done anywhere – why not give it a try and add to your relaxation by snuggling into comfy Cacique lounge and sleepwear.
Get together with your girlfriends! Social support is one of the most important factors for recovery from depression. So, even if you don’t feel like it, make sure you get together with friends and make a commitment to attend social functions as often as possible.
Share your best tips for beating the winter blues!