Winter can feel like it lasts forever. Shorter days mean less sunlight, and less time to get outside and moving. Many people leave for work in the morning when it is dark and don’t return until after it is dark. They only see daylight through the window at work (if they have one).
Because of this, many people get what is called the winter blues. It can be as mild as depression to those that don’t (and won’t) get out of bed at all.
Struggling with the blues this winter? Here are some ways to help you beat them.
Don’t overindulge in food. Unfortunately, many people gain weight over the winter, due to being inside more. They also tend to overeat at the holidays and by reaching for comfort foods.
This can only make it worse, so you should continue to eat as healthy as possible. Make sure that your diet is filled with vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins.
And forget to exercise. Exercise is essential for good health, so you can’t just forget about it when you don’t get home in time to take your daily walk outside. Instead, join a gym or find a way to exercise from home. There are many different apps to keep you from getting bored while working out.
It may help to add some extra vitamins to your diet. Most people get their vitamin D from the sunlight, but when you are struggling to spend any amount of time outside, you are going to need to add some to your diet. It may be even better to add a multi-vitamin to your diet to ensure taht you are getting all of the nutrients that you need this winter season.
Find time to get outside. Even on the coldest days, you need to bundle up and go outside. Even if it is only for a few minutes, the fresh air will do you good!
Try something new. Winter can be a great time to try something new. Have you always wanted to try painting or crafting? Do you want to try the new exercise class at the gym? Maybe you just wanted to finally find time to read the book that you picked up a few months ago.
Get help if you need it. If your winter blues seem to be getting worse, you may want to talk to someone about it. Don’t be afraid to voice your concerns to your family and friends. However, if that isn’t enough, you may want to talk to a professional therapist. He or she will give you coping mechanisms to help you get through the dark winter evenings.
Even though the holidays can be fun, winter is often pretty hard for a lot of people. Used to spending time outside, many are stuck inside for days at a time, only going outside to go to and from work! This can lead to the winter blues.
However, you can avoid this by eating right and making sure that you get enough exercise. If that doesn’t help, you may want to talk to a professional. He or she will help you deal with your winter blues.
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