Winter is here and along with many fun activities and traditions, sometimes it also brings the winter blues. The winter blues, sometimes called Seasonal Affective Disorder, is a shift in mood toward sadness or depression that coincides with winter. If you feel yourself getting blue this chilly season, here are some great ways to warm up your mood:
1. Bring Life Into Your Home
During winter months it can sometimes look bleak outside. Bringing plants indoors will increase oxygen in your environment and bring life into your home. You can make a small indoor garden to use in your cooking or just to brighten up your home. Having live plants and adding color indoors are great ways to uplift your mood, beating those winter blues.
2. Increase Your Vitamin D Intake Studies show a link between mood and Vitamin D. During the winter months, when exposure to the sun is lessened, levels of Vitamin D in the body’s system go down. A deficiency in Vitamin D is linked to mood levels declining. Taking a Vitamin D supplement makes up for the decreased sun exposure, another way to improve your mood.
3. Get Moving!
Exercise is a quick way to boost your mood and fend off the winter blues. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that help to improve your mood. Being cooped up at home during the winter makes it harder to keep up your normal activity levels. To increase your activity level in the winter you can try an outdoor activity, like sledding, skiing, or snowboarding. If accessing outdoor activities is too difficult, you can sign up at a local gym and workout indoors. Gyms often have indoor swimming pools that will allow you to swim year round if you prefer summertime sports. If you aren’t able to leave the house, there are several free workouts available online or on-demand. You can turn up the music and workout at home.
4. Do Something You Know You Love
Doing something you already know you love is a great way to increase your mood and keep from getting blue. Do you love decorating for the holidays? The December holidays are over, but you can still decorate for Valentine’s Day. Do you love doing crafts? You can organize a display of the holiday cards you received or make calendars online for the New Year. Does cooking make you happy? You can find fun new recipes and try something new. Doing something you love is an easy way to lift your spirits.
5. Complete a Task You Have Been Putting Off
The winter provides a good opportunity to organize things at home. Whether there is a coat closet you have been meaning to clean out or a pantry that needs rearranging, it’s an ideal time to finish one of those tasks that you may have put off. Finishing a project or task will allow you to cross something off your mental checklist. This feeling of accomplishment can help ward off winter blues.
Wintertime provides a good opportunity to organize things at home. Whether there is a coat closet you have been meaning to clean out or a pantry that needs rearranging, it’s an ideal time to finish one of those tasks that you may have put off. Finishing a project or task will allow you to cross something off your mental checklist. This feeling of accomplishment can help ward off winter blues.