While there are many things to enjoy about winter, one thing to be on the lookout for is the winter blues. Also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), the winter blues are often attributed to an overall decrease in light. If you find that your mood is down in the upcoming months, here are some tips to help you combat the winter blues.
Go Outside and Soak Up the Sun
When the sun does come out, be sure to soak up some Vitamin D. You can do this either by going outside for a quick walk, cleaning up your lawn, or participating in a fun activity. Trimming back any tree branches or bushes blocking the windows, opening the blinds and curtains, and sitting closer to them can also help. You’ll find that the littlest exposures to sunlight will do wonders for your mood.
If you are feeling more depressed than usual, be sure to see a therapist or physiatrist. You might be experiencing severe symptoms that a doctor needs to treat. Even if you aren’t suffering from depression, seeing and talking to a therapist can help you establish a positive mindset. Training your brain to think more positively supports your mental, emotional, and physical health.
Show Yourself Self-Love
With lower humidity and temperatures in the winter months, your skin’s overall health can also decrease. Cold air is also dry air, and that will make your skin itchier, less hydrated, and generally irritated. Look at your skincare routine and make any necessary changes. Some good ingredients to use are peptides, retinol, and collagen. Take good care of the rest of your skin by frequently applying lotion.
As with any other time of the year, fruits and vegetables are excellent for you. Items such as carrots, apples, broccoli, oranges, kale, and strawberries all have nutrients that not only help your overall physical health but your mood. To help with your energy, eat foods with complex carbohydrates in them, such as whole grains. And last but certainly not least, eating chocolate can relieve anxiety and enhance your mood. (And satisfy that sweet tooth as well!)