It's estimated that around 10 million Americans are impacted by seasonal affective disorder.
When the seasons change and the colder darker days take over, it can be hard to not get beat down by the winter blues. But, unless you move somewhere that maintains a warmer climate year-round, winter is a fact of life.
But it doesn't have to be such a difficult time! In this post, we'll go over 10 ways you can fight back against the winter blues.
Keep reading to learn how.
1. Get Active
People that live in extra cold areas don't tend to hide during the winter. Instead, they get outside and embrace it.
Try snow-shoeing, skiing, snowboarding, or even just having a good old-fashioned snowball fight. Getting exercise can do wonders for your mental health.
2. Vitamin D
Low vitamin D levels play a big part in seasonal depression and getting sick during the winter. For adults, the ideal amount is 600 international units (IUs) per day.
You can get this through supplements or the foods you eat. Salmon, swordfish, and eggs are all good sources.
It can be tempting during the dark, cold winter days to just stay in and hide. However, getting out and seeing your friends and family can go a long way in lifting your spirits.
It's always important to stay hydrated, especially when you have the heat on which can dry you out quickly. Drinking water will help keep your skin looking good and you feeling good.
5. Get a Sun Lamp
Because winter days are so short and dark it can negatively impact the natural cycles of our bodies. Adding a sun lamp to your room can help you to get more sunlight which can help regulate your circadian rhythm and sleep schedule.
6. Embrace the Cozy
Winter is the perfect time to curl up in front of the fire with a cup of tea and a book. Rather than fighting against the cold, embrace it and take advantage of the extra cozy atmosphere.
7. Eat Seasonal Foods
The end of fall to the beginning of winter is a great time for cooking.
Foods like squash, sweet potatoes, and other fall crops make for many options for soups and dishes that provide the nutrients we need to maintain our health while warming us from the inside out.
8. Be Prepared
Make a list of all of the fun winter activities you're looking forward to, and make sure to do them! Don't let them fall to the wayside once the cold really hits.
9. Try New Things
With extra time spent inside, there's often more time for trying new things.
If there's something you've always wanted to learn or try doing, winter is a perfect time.
10. Practice Gratitude
Grab a jar and each day write down and add one to three things that you're grateful for to the jar. This is great for mental health and can even boost your mood.
Beat Back the Winter Blues
The winter months can be some of the most magical, but they can also bring the winter blues with them. Follow these tips to help fight them off.
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