While winter brings fresh air and cooler temperatures that can feel nice after a scorching summer, this season also tends to bring a lot of negative feelings with it. So, if you want to avoid catching winter depression and want to make the most of this wonderful season, here are the ten most useful tips on how to beat the winter blues.
Catch as much sun as you can
Going outside might be the last thing you want to do when the weather is horrible, but not everything is so bleak. If you feel ready for bed all through the winter, you might be suffering from SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder that usually sparks from the lack of sunlight and vitamin D. It’s really easy to load up on sunshine in the summer, especially in Wellington or Sydney, but winter brings shorter days and less sunny hours. However, all you need is 10 to 15 minutes of sunshine a day to get a good dose, so get out!
Get a SAD lamp
If the supplementation doesn’t help with your Seasonal Affective Disorder, don’t despair. There are amazing SAD lamps that can provide you with a full spectrum light that imitates natural lighting. This can boost your mood and help you beat the winter blues.
If your area just doesn’t provide you with enough sunlight, why not try to supplement your diet with some vitamin D? There are some vitamin D fortified foods and foods rich in vitamin D you can try to eat during this time, but it’s much easier to grab some pill supplements and take them every day during winter.
Eat plenty of carbsWhen the weather gets colder, your body needs more energy to keep warm, so it’s natural to crave carbs and more hearty food. So, don’t hesitate to fill your plate with healthy carbs that are rich with nutrients that will keep you energized for a long time. Think sweet potato fries, tasty guacamole dips, brown rice and various hot, thick veggie soups.
Don’t forget the protein
Your body uses protein to create all sorts of enzymes, hormones and other chemicals you need in order to function normally. So, make sure to introduce plenty of protein to your diet as well! If you don’t have time to grill stakes and make all sorts of meaty meals, you can try protein powders to accompany your diet. And don’t worry if you’re a vegetarian or vegan. There are amazing supplement stores in Sydney that sell all sorts of vegan supplements that will provide you with plant protein to keep you fit and strong. And, there are 100% guilt-free!
Drink some OJ
Start your day on the right note by giving your body a good shot of vitamin C with a tall glass of orange juice. This is a very tasty way to provide your body with energy and positive feelings before you hit the office or get your morning workout.
Hit the slopesBoth New Zealand and Australia get snow, so make sure to hit the slopes and try skiing and other winter sports. Fresh mountain air, sunshine and fun will do wonders for your mental and physical health and you will even learn how to love winter instead of dread it!
Tidy up your environment
Clutter that surrounds you can have a huge effect on your mood. It’s really hard to feel happy, focused and positive when you’re surrounded by chaos, so make sure to keep your home and workspace organized and clean. You can also improve your atmosphere with a scented candle, some light music and healthy greenery. A pop of vibrant colour in your living room or office can also snap you out for your winter stupor.
Don’t snooze your alarm
Resist the urge to snooze your alarm in the morning! It’s sure tempting, but as soon as you hear that dreaded ring, get straight out your bed. Hitting snooze will not help you get more rested—on the contrary! Your body will start to slowly wake up two hours before it’s your time to get up. So, if you snooze your alarm and go back to sleep, your body will re-enter sleep mode and you’ll feel tired, groggy and drowsy when you finally leave your bed. So, replace snoozing with a healthier morning routine!
Think happy thoughts
This is easier said than done, but you have to try being optimistic. Acting confident and hopeful will make you feel more motivated and allow you to handle winter much better. If you struggle with being a pessimist, try these few techniques: reword your thoughts so instead of saying ‘This sucks’ say ‘What can I do to make this better for me?’. You can also keep a diary where you can note all your positive feelings, successes and positive knowledge. And lastly, don’t hesitate to rely on your lighthearted friends for inspiration and support.
When you learn how to avoid and beat winter blues, you’ll realize that winters have its amazing sides. The air is fresh, nature is calm and quiet and you can spice up your wardrobe with some trendy layers. Think positive and you’ll change your mind about winter completely!