Monday, December 12, 2016

My Top 5 Tips to Beat The Winter Blues

Winter is not my favorite time of year. Lets be honest it is freezing all the time (and for someone with anemia like myself I am an icicle). The snow and ice is the biggest inconvenience. You have to wear layers and layers of clothes, and people don't want to leave their homes. I don't mind the cold as much since I have moved south but I am the happiest ever to not have to deal with the feet of snow back up north. While some enjoy this time many develop a Seasonal Affective Disorder, commonly known as the winter blues. People typically begin to feel fatigue, depression, hopelessness, and social withdrawal during this time. Although all types of depression is serious this one can usually be treated by making a few changes in your surroundings. Below I have listed my top 5 ways to beat the winter blues.

1. Get some sun light. Sun light is just an important factor in your health but either getting out of the house for some sun or even just opening up your curtains to let some natural sun light in is a great way to wake your body up and keep you alert and active throughout your day.

2. Stay connected. Because we are venturing out of the house less we are having less interaction with our counterparts. This is a time to rev up our connects with others. Stay connected through telephone conversations, text, and even social media. That way you are not just in the house all day without any type of communication with the outside world.

3. De-clutter and plan for the next year. Being that we have more time on our hands at home this is the perfect time to reorganize and plan for the new year. Clean out your house of items, reorganize things like your room and closet, and make plans that you want to do at the beginning of the year. This is a great way to take your mind off of being stuck in the house watching TV.

4. Travel. If your budget allows get away for a while. Even if it is for a weekend find a great location to travel to and exhale. A plus would be traveling to a nice warm and sunny place like an island. If not just to get away from your own house even to a nice hotel or cabin can do the trick.

5. Exercise!!! This helps even if it's not the winter. It is the best stress reliever, pain healer, and mood changer. Whether you have to do it at home or a gym get moving and watch yourself transform into a happier person.

In no particular order these are the best ways to go from a drab winter to a fab winter. These are simple and majority free ways to not develop a Seasonal Affective Disorder. Now if these does not work for you the best option would be to seek professional help to make it through the season safe and healthy.

Do you have any other things you do to help you get through the season. Drop them below!

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