First thing to keep in mind- it's almost over! We're not there just yet; here's some ways you can squish the winter depression where it lies.
Exercise is known to be a big factor in mental health as many studies have shown. Many people attest to it, and maybe you have experienced the pick-me-up post workout. Twenty minutes a day would be ideal, but get in whatever you can; run (or walk) up and down the stairs five times. Anything makes a difference, and you don't even have to leave the home. If you're into the fitness routine consider a home gym, you'll save on the monthly fee to go to one! I don't have to tell you about he convenience either! There are many online videos you can do as well.
Food impacts every aspect of our life so it's clear that we need to think about the choices we're making when eating. Cut out processed and refined foods completely. Avoid eating after the sun sets, and if you must have a very small meal. Drink extra water. You might consider taking a Vitamin D supplement because deficiencies are linked with illness like depression. Always consult a healthcare provider when considering your diet and supplement intake.
Purpose is the key! Keep busy and the next 6 weeks will be over before you know it. The more time that you have to think about the weather and external conditions the more bummed you can become. Our thoughts are very powerful so don't let yourself get caught up in negative ideas- and avoid those people who always complain about the weather. If someone complains to you make a practice out of responding with something positive like, "spring is right around the corner" or "I like how the nights aren't as dark with the reflection of the moon on the snow." Whatever you can find that is good, focus on it.
Meditation is a way that you can work on getting rid of those pesky thoughts, or just allow your mind some quiet time. Maybe you have a relaxing spot in your home, and if not that's a fun project you can do while it snows outside. There are a lot of studies about the power of meditation, but I'd suggest trying it for yourself to see what happens!
Change is what we're waiting for. There's been so many months of the same cold, cloudy, snowy pattern. The weather is out of your control, but your home isn't! We have two environments- outside and inside. Take this time to look over the areas in your home that would make you happy to reinvent. A new paint color for your family room or bedroom could be just what you need to help your mood. Colors evoke certain emotions and feelings-refer to our social media posts to learn what!
Try some of these ideas if winter is getting you down or share with us how do you beat the winter blues?
Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.
Blog writer Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.