As the days get shorter, the weather gets colder, and people spend more time indoors, their mood often starts to change. If your mood is lower, or you’re feeling less motivated and more tired, you might be experiencing what is known as the winter blues.
The winter blues represent the mood shift people often experience during the winter months, and they are often caused by a combination of less sunlight and stressful holidays. Unfortunately, many people go through this. However, there are several ways to deal with it.
Therefore, if you feel that your mood is falling apart during the cold season, here are a few tips on how to handle the winter blues:
It’s no secret that exercise can significantly improve your mood. This is because when you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which contribute to your well-being.
While you may feel less motivated to stay active during this period, I recommend you to give it a try and see how it improves your general mood.
There are several activities that can help you stay active, so you can choose the one you enjoy the most. For example, you can go for a run in the morning to get some fresh air and clear your mind, or you could attend dancing classes. Exercising at home also works, and it’s a great way to start your day.
Meditation is extremely beneficial for reducing stress and anxiety. This is a practice that can significantly improve your life, not only when dealing with winter blues but all year round.
First of all, meditation can help you relax your mind and body. We are often so caught up in our busy lives that we forget to take a break from time to time and just relax. Including meditation in your routine is an efficient way to change that and enjoy a well-deserved break.
Secondly, it helps you clear your mind of any negative thoughts. There are numerous types of meditation you can try, but the most common one is mindfulness meditation. Through it, you get to focus on the present moment and notice your mind from a non-judgemental perspective. Meditating regularly can help you significantly reduce anxious thoughts.
Keep in mind that you don’t need to meditate for a long time if you don’t want to. Doing it on a regular basis is more important than having long meditation sessions. You can start by meditating 10 or 15 minutes a day and then increase the duration if you want to.
Not sure where to start with meditation? Check out this guide for beginners!
Spend Time Outdoors
One of the main factors that contribute to the winter blues is the absence of sunlight. The days are shorter, and people usually feel less motivated to go outside because of the cold temperature. However, spending too much time indoors is not good for your health.
Therefore, try to spend some time outside every day, even if it is only for a few minutes. It is amazing how much a breath of fresh air and some sunshine can do for your mental and physical health.
Also, don’t forget to open up the blinds to your room and let the sunshine in for as long as possible. You can also try to move your desk near the windows if you’re working from home.
Hang Out with Friends
Humans are social creatures. Other people have a huge influence on our lives, and spending time with friends and family can bring a lot of joy to your life. In fact, studies show that social connections are essential for people’s happiness and health.
Loneliness is a major trigger for the winter blues, so it’s important to make an effort to socialize. Keep in touch with your loved ones and, even if you don’t meet in person all the time, make sure you call or text them regularly.
Keep a Healthy Diet
Did you know that a healthy diet improves your mental health?
You’re probably aware of the fact that your mental health is strongly connected to your physical health. Therefore, keeping a healthy diet is especially important during the cold season, although it should be a priority for you all year round. Avoid eating a lot of sweets or junk food, and focus on eating more whole foods.
Seek Professional Help
Sometimes, dealing with winter blues can become overwhelming. If the sadness or negative thoughts don’t go away, don’t ignore these symptoms. Instead, consider seeking professional help. It is imperative to treat your mental health as a priority, so don’t be afraid to reach out to a therapist.
I hope the tips above will help you cope with the winter blues and maintain a positive attitude. If you feel the need to talk to someone about this issue, do not hesitate to reach out to me. I am here to help.
How do you improve your mood during the cold season? Let me know in the comments below!