When winter comes, we think of fun snow days and the holidays, but the season can also mean an onset of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The shorter days, lack of sunlight, and cooler weather can keep us from enjoying what we normally do. Check out these six ways to beat the winter blues and enjoy the season!
This is important all year round, but is especially pertinent when the winter time hits. We tend to want to nest and become inactive, which can contribute to lethargy. A regular exercise routine will keep you energized and give your mind a boost.
2. Be social.
When it's dark early in the day, we tend to want to rush home. Keeping a weekly social outing on your calendar can help pull you out of the isolating tendencies you might feel.
3. See the light.
The lack of natural light we experience during the season has a big effect on our mood. Using artificial lights like sun lamps can help put energy back into your day.
4. Take your vitamins.
Taking a regular dose of vitamins D and B12 and fish oil can help your body stay energized naturally, so you won't have to reach for caffeine.
Decluttering your living space and keeping your place tidy can really make you feel better. Without all of the extra junk, you’ll instantly feel lighter, more together.
6. Get a massage.
It might seem like a luxury, but massage is truly stress relieving and healing. Get a massage once a month or more to alleviate stress and relax.
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