Cold weather and lack of sunshine getting you down?
You’re not alone!
It’s estimated that a whooping 14 percent of people living in northern climates get the winter blues during the colder months.
Thankfully, there are ways to keep your spirits up when the temperature drops and the days are gloomy.
Here are 4 simple tips to help you enjoy winter again!
1. Get sunshine
Did you know that sunlight plays an important role in mood regulation?
That’s because when sunlight hits your eyes, it cues a special area of the retina to release serotonin (serotonin is a hormone that plays a major role in regulating mood – it’s known as “the happy chemical!”).
Getting enough rays during winter is harder, which means we have to make an effort to spend more time outside.
Get up earlier during the day and go for a walk. Or slip outside for a few minutes during your lunch or coffee break.
Don’t feel like going outside? Open up the blinds in your home or office!
2. Move your body
We all know exercise does the body good. It turns out it’s even more important to our mental health!
So how do you get exercise when the cold’s got you cooped up inside? Well, the good news is studies show that as little as 10 to 15 minutes of exercise daily can improve your mood.
Get up, stretch, go for a walk. Start a yoga routine or take up a winter sport. Turn on your favorite music and dance in your living room. Even cleaning your home can be enough activity to make a difference!
Whatever you choose, make sure you move your body every day!
3. Eat more plants
Eating enough fruits and veggies is the best way to make sure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy and happy (no matter the season).
Certain nutrients such as B-vitamins boost our immune system (which can help you avoid catching the nasty winter bugs going around) and contribute to a positive mood.
Not sure you’re getting the nutrition you need on a plant-based diet? Check out How to eat vegan and get every vitamin and nutrient you need.
4. Seek social interactions
Having a close knit network of friends and family is important to our mental health year round but especially during winter.
Make a point to reach out regularly and plan fun activities with loved ones.
Why not give these ideas a try for a perfect girl’s night?
Note: if your symptoms don’t improve after a few weeks, please seek professional advice from your general practitioner.