The days are getting shorter. It’s getting dark quicker and it’s getting a lot colder. Seasonal depression is so real. But can you beat the winter blues? Yes! You need to be proactive about it, and here’s how.
- Get outside. If the weather isn’t too cold or if the sun is feeling strong, get outside and go for a walk or a hike. Fresh air and sunlight, even in the winter, can do wonders.
- Throw a mood-boosting feast. This weather may make you want to just eat all of the junk food, but sugar can negatively impact your mental health even more. Instead, throw a potluck of heart meals that have tryptophan, an amino acid that increases serotonin levels. This includes poultry, salmon, and leafy veggies.
- Prioritize your social life. It’s so tempting to stay in on the couch during the winter months, but don’t let your social life go dark! The more you connect with others, the less alone you’ll feel, so host a dinner, try a new restaurant, go to a fitness class, etc.
- Extend a hand. It’s always important to help those in need, but in the winter, the impact can be greater. Find a cause that’s meaningful to you and volunteer with them.
- Fill your space with hygge vibes. This is décor that gives you soothing feelings, like cable-knit throw, furry pillows, and candles.
- Consider talking with a therapist. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is very common, but don’t let the symptoms snowball into depression or anxiety. If you’re feeling low for a while, speak with a licensed therapist.