Winter is a beautiful time of year. The holiday season brings out cheer, peace and hope. But among all of the winter beauty many can feel overwhelmed by the holidays, the shorter dark days and chilly temperatures. The winter blues, as they are commonly called are a real phenomenon that effects about 14% of the population of the United States.
One of the best ways to combat feeling down is to get exercise. If you are not an outdoor skier or snow shoe enthusiast that’s okay. Simply going for a walk outside will boost happy feelings.
Sometimes when you feel down the last thing you want to do is workout. But one trick that helps many, is telling yourself you will just work out for 10 minutes. If you can get yourself to commit to 10 minutes, you are likely to commit to a longer workout once you arrive at the gym or start going for a walk.
Picking workout goals can also help you feel accomplished and will keep you going. Whether you want to train to run a marathon, or simply to bench press 60 pounds Set goals, work towards them and you will feel little victories along the way, which will keep you going.
Get More Light In Your Life
Because the days are shorter in the winter time and we all see less sunshine. This can negatively effect our moods. A few things you can do include incorporating a mid day walk during your lunch break to get some sunshine on your eyelids.
Another way to bring in more light is by investing in an artificial sun lamp. An article from the Mayo Clinic sites that researchers believe that sun lamps can mimic outdoor natural light and cause a chemical change in the brain that lifts your mood.
Eat A Healthy Diet
While a healthy diet is always important, it is extra important to be mindful of what you consume while feeling down. According to Dr. Lorenzo Cohen from the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas states in an article discussing the winter blues, when you are feeling sad you are more apt to crave foods high in fat and sugar.
When your body consumes a diet full of fats and sugar, it causes your blood sugar to spike and then drop leaving you feeling more tired and moody.
Instead look for healthy foods such as leafy greens, lots of water and fatty fish such as salmon is ideal.
Staying busy with family and friends is a great way to boost happiness. When you are with others, you are not lonely which can be a major contributor to feeling down.
When you spend time with others you are provided a support system. Having someone to listen to how you are feeling can make all the difference in the world.
Make plans so you can have something to look forward to.
When you have something to look forward to that anticipation alone can boost happiness. Whether its Sunday brunch with your best friend, movie night with a co-worker or a weekend getaway with a small group.
Writer Gretchen Rubin of the book The Happiness Project states that a key to happiness: having something to look forward to.
I couldn’t agree more. So even if you can’t plan that awesome trip to Paris in Spring, I bet you can afford a nice dinner at a french restaurant with someone important to you.