I have always loved winter. I love bundling up in warm layers, cozying by the fireplace, cooking up a pot of chili, and going ice skating or enjoying other winter activities. However, the days are short and often overcast, there are not many holidays to look forward to, and for some the cold weather can bring joint pain. It’s easy and common to slip into the winter blues.
For some, you may be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The lack of sunlight upsets the body’s ability to keep its complex chemistry and biological rhythms in sync. You should seek further help and talk to your doctor if your symptoms are impeding your daily activities.
Tips to Combat the Winter Blues
- Have a Winter Party
When I went to Canada a few winter’s ago, I noticed something really cool. They actually celebrate winter! They have a winter carnival every January in Quebec where they have ice sculpting, ice skating, sleigh rides, dog sledding, and even ice canoe racing. What are things you can do in your town during winter that you can embrace and look forward to? Maybe you can be the one to inspire your community to have your own winter festival, bundle up, get the fire pits out, and try to make some cool memories. If you live in the south, you can make a tradition to go to the indoor ice skating arena or book a cabin for skiing! Embrace the cold and your mood will start to elevate.
2. Indulge in Good Winter Clothing
I love winter, but I hate being cold. I don’t care if I look ridiculous, warmth is key for me or else I am miserable. If you’re going to embrace the winter, you need to invest in some great winter clothing. Invest in good quality base layers, sweaters, winter coat, boots, socks, gloves and hats. Try out brands known for their protective quality against the cold. Whenever I watch documentaries of people in cold climates or hiking snowy mountains, I always write down their brand names like Arc’teryx, Patagonia, or NorthFace.
3. Cook Warm Nourishing Foods
Nothing says winter like warming up with a nutritious and delicious soup, stew or chili recipe. Curing the winter blues can be as simple as making sure you are getting enough vitamins and nutrients. Throw in some vegetables with a little extra Vitamin D like Spinach or white beans. Check out this Beef Stew Recipe.
4. Find a New Hobby
Start a book club, take dance lessons, join a curling league, make an account with Skillshare, reassess your resolutions and have some fun! Taking your mind out of the winter blues and onto something exciting and new will challenge and stimulate your mind and get you out of your funk.
5. Talk it out
Something about picking up the phone and calling an old friend or family member just does the trick sometimes. You may even want to sign on to BetterHelp and find yourself a personalized therapist. Talk therapy and writing therapy are all great tools to work through those winter blues.
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