Five Ways To Beat The Winter Blues
By: Cheryl Schwartz, LCSW, CRC
Even when the winter isn’t quite as cold or snowy as usual, the days are still short, the nights long and May flowers seem like a distant dream. Those blah feelings you might be experiencing – you’re slower, less interested and maybe a little grumpy – are called the winter blues.
You can pack up and follow the sun to the equator, or you can take care of yourself at home.
Follow these tips to return the “spring” to your step even in February.
- Eat a healthy diet. This is good advice for any time of year, but during winter it’s especially important. A balanced diet ensures that you are getting all the vitamins and minerals you need for energy. Stay away from the fried and fatty foods that make you feel drowsy even in July, and watch your calories. Too much weight drags you down.
- Exercise gets the blood flowing and acts as a wake-up call to your brain. We are all busy, but try to find take time at lunch to walk around the block, or hop on the exercise bicycle for a few minutes before breakfast.
- Nature is a tonic for the spirit. A hike outdoors doesn’t have to last long to feel rejuvenating. Bundle up, enjoy the brisk air, and take in the scenery. The winter scenery looks different than during the other seasons, but it’s still beautiful.
- Don’t get stuck in a rut — plan fun activities. Maybe it’s just going out for a coffee on the weekend or window-shopping at the mall, but taking a little break from your routine gives you a fresh perspective.
- Meditate. You have heard about how meditation calms your thoughts, makes you feel lighter, and increases your happiness quotient. It’s all true! Sit in a chair, close your eyes, and concentrate on your breathing, with a deep inhale and a long exhale. Try it for a couple of minutes, two or three times a day.
In conclusion, the winter blues might have you feeling a little down, but you don’t have to stay that way. These simple steps will make you feel better. And remember that the days are getting longer and the sun shines a little stronger each day.