Its that time of year again. You Leave the house when its dark, come home when its dark. The days are short. The weather is cold. Your motivation to do just about anything is little to nothing. Its easy to find yourself bummed and wondering how to fight the winter blues.
What are the Winter Blues?
Winter blues is a condition in which one feels more gloomy, sleepy and lethargic due to the inclement cold weather. The winter blues are common and felt among many people during the cold and dark days of winter.
But keep in mind that, although uncomfortable, the winter blues should not entirely effect your ability to enjoy life. If the winter blues are leaking into all aspects of life, and ultimately hindering your overall quality of life, that would be a more serious condition.
A condition referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression that reoccurs seasonally and should be diagnosed by a health care professional. With that being said, I would like to disclose that I am not a health care professional. My ideas listed below are simply things that I have used to help me stay sane through the miserable Minnesota winter months.
With out further ado: here are my 13 remedies to fight the winter blues.
Get your Vitamin D!
Vitamin D is something we get naturally from sunlight. It increases our serotonin levels. Seritonin is our bodies natural feel-good chemical. Its makes us feel more awake, alert and happier.
During the dark winter months, our bodies get less Vitamin D and our melatonin increases. Melatonin is our bodies natural sleepy chemical.
So, how does one get that vitamin D?
Personally, I like to hit the tanning bed. I get to work on my tan and get those happy rays at the same time. Its like killing two birds with one stone. I also like to turn on some therapeutic beach noises when laying in the bed for extra relaxation.
If you’re looking for an option with less of the harmful UV rays, Light therapy is another great idea. I’ve heard of many people using a product known as a “HappyLight”. A happy light is a small lamp that mimics sunlight. When used regularly, it can help increase energy, mood and focus.
I recommend THIS happy light. It is cost efficient and gets the job done.
There’s no better time to work on that summer bod than in the dead of winter. This is one of my favorite ways to fight the winter blues.
You don’t have to go to the gym every day or try to go pro. Just make sure you are moving you’re body.
There are plenty of at home work outs that you can find on the internet. Check this one out here
Other ways of keeping your body moving could be doing chores, like the laundry. Or playing with your dogs and kids out side. What ever you do, just make sure you do something
Dive into a hobby
Take the time to do the little things you enjoy. Dig out an old puzzle or your paint brushes.
Don’t have a hobby? Nothing wrong with that. No time is better than now to find a new hobby.
Some of my favorite hobbies include,, but are not limited to:
- Acrylic painting
- Writing (of course)
- Working on my car
- Playing with makeup
The options are endless! If you need help coming up with a new hobbie, leave a comment below!
Seriously, nothings more saddening than being cold. I cant stand being cold. Turn on the heater, drink some hot tea, maybe even cuddle up with a weighted blanket and a good book.
Make sure you keep plenty of warm, cozy sweaters around.
Another good way to get warm is to get your body moving !!
Plan something fun
We’ve all been there, stuck in a slump. No motivation to get out of it. The cold outside is a huge downer and we feel like we cant do anything about it. Great news! There is something we can do about it.
PLAN SOMETHING FUN!!
Keep it as simple or as extravagant as you want but just plan to do… something. Not sure what to plan? Here’s a few simple things that can brighten your week
- Invite a friend for a coffee at your favorite coffee shop
- Go get a coffee by yourself
- Plan a day to get out of town
- Bring your kids to the arcade or waterpark
Having a plan to do something that you enjoy can help take your mind off the daunting cold weather. It gives you something to look forward to.
Wear bright colors
Just because you don’t feel bright and uplifting doesn’t mean you cant represent it!
It can be easy to fall into wearing glum, neutral colors during the winter. What we wear can easily affect our mood. For example, if you are wearing something uncomfortable, you might get agitated. If you are wearing dark, natural colors, it could keep you in a down mood.
Just because its cold doesn’t mean we can’t wear bright, fun summer colors. Wearing bring colors can easily uplift your mood.
Seek Professional Help
If all else fails, there is nothing wrong with talking to a professional.
Sometimes us moms get so busy taking care of everyone else that we forget to take care of ourselves. You can’t pour from an empty cup.
I know it gets hard sometimes. We all have troubles. Remember that you are never alone. Keep your head up.
Talk to your doctor and see what options are best for you. You got this.
Leave a comment below and let us know what are some of your favorite ways to shake the winter blues. You never know who you could be inspiring.
‘Til next time,