If you’ve been struggling with the winter blues for the past few months, I assure you you’re not alone! Bills are high, temperatures are low, and we’re not seeing the blue of the sky nearly as much as we’d like. While it’s natural to feel a bit down when the weather’s so dreary, there are things you can do to turn it around. Here are some of my best tips for beating the winter blues…
Make the Home Brighter and Warmer
We naturally crave daylight and warmth, and a shortage of both of these is one of the biggest causes of what people call “the winter blues”. Simply opening your curtains and blinds, making a point to sit near windows, or even just turning on more artificial lights can be much more effective than many antidepressants. It’s also important to keep your home well heated to stop yourself from feeling too down. However, if you’re trying to keep your heating bills down, you may be a little hesitant to touch the dial on your radiator. It may be a good time to make some changes to create a more energy-efficient home, such as a programmable thermostat, water and gas pipes with heat tracing, or simply replacing your old weather stripping.
Make Your Own Sunrise
There’s a fairly common form of depression known as seasonal affective disorder, which typically begins in the late autumn or early winter, and subsides as the weather becomes warmer and brighter. People affected by this condition typically feel lethargic, irritable, depressed, and many have trouble getting out of bed in the mornings, particularly when it’s still as dark as night out. Even if you’ve never been formally diagnosed with this, creating your own sunrise could be a hugely effective method for getting your day off to a great start and keeping the winter blues at bay. Get yourself a dawn simulator, which causes the light in your room to gradually brighten according to an alarm. Though they don’t work for everyone, many people find these helpful for lifting their mood and getting themselves out of bed during winter.
Although telling people to “walk it off” usually connotes a poor attitude to feeling down, there’s a certain degree of value in it! Exercise has been proven time and time again to have a direct, positive impact on your mood. Studies have shown that walking for roughly 35 minutes a day at least five times a week can do a lot to improve mild to moderate depression. If you’ve got a gym membership or a treadmill at home, then exercising under bright artificial lights can be even better for your mood. I know that the bitter winds and dead trees may not be all that appealing when you look out your window. However, making a point to get some exercise into your schedule, even if only for a few minutes, can be extremely effective for lifting your mood.
While you’re waiting for spring, try out these tips for beating the winter blues!