5 Steps to Combat the Winter Blues
As this ruthless winter rages on, waking up has become a daily exercise of checking the weather, burying your head in a pillow, and agonizing over the reality that you have to get out of bed and face this frozen world yet again. It’s an affliction known as the “winter blues,” and it affects nearly everybody who lives in a cold weather climate, at least to some degree. While winter blues is real, it’s easily treatable. If winter has you feeling down, get back up with these 5 simple steps.
1) Hit the gym: Winter blues are a form of depression, and one of the best ways to beat depression is exercise. Elevating the heart rate releases endorphins, which make you happy. Whether it’s at one of the HomeFirst™ Certified 24-hour fitness centers, swimming at an indoor pool, running on a treadmill or lifting weights, you’ll feel like a new person when you’re done.
2) Just D-Lightful: Exposure to the sun boosts your body’s serotonin levels, which stimulates the antidepressants in your brain. To compensate for the lack of sunlight your body receives during winter, make sure you’re ingesting an appropriate amount of Vitamin D every day. Found in fish, eggs and fortified cereals, Vitamin D enhances your mood and gives you energy.
3) Fight snow with snow: Not everybody hates snow. In fact, some people pray for it because it enables them to participate in their favorite winter sports. Take up a winter sport yourself, like skiing or snowboarding, and who knows? Maybe you’ll begin to look forward to the snow, too.
4) Let there be light: When you’ve got a case of the winter blues, there’s nothing more difficult than getting out of bed. To make the transition from being asleep to awake less dramatic, plug a lamp into a timer and set it for 30 minutes before your alarm. The light will stimulate your brain, even if you’re still sleeping, and make getting out of bed less painful.
5) Be strong: While the weather today may be intolerable, remember that warmer days are on the horizon. Theoretically, each day you wake up should be a little warmer than the one before. While that’s rarely how it works, it’s a mindset that should make your winter blues a little less intense.