It’s that time of year. A change in season, long distance family get-togethers and the over-commercialized holidays make time seem to speed up. I dread it every year. I’m a summer girl. I crave the sun. It’s cold outside, ugh… I get the wintertime blues!
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The winter time blues are a real thing. Anxiety, depression, fatigue and overall crankiness can creep into life and leave you feeling truly sad.
If you suffer from any of these cold weather symptoms of doom and gloom, do what I did and try these 10 steps to snap out of it and beat the winter time blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder.
What is SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder? It’s a condition that plagues a person during a specific season, mostly winter, in which the rest of the year you feel just fine.
It’s not exclusive to winter but wintertime has the most complaints of mood changes to include depression, anxiety and fatigue. Does any of this sound familiar?
The way I interpreted my own symptoms was, I’m not getting enough light or activity. The time change and shorter days can goof up your system. Depending on where you live, it might be really cold outside, frigid enough to keep you indoors longer than you’d like.
Did you know your doctor can help you manage any symptoms you have. But don’t count me as a medical expert, I’m not. Always refer to a doctor anytime you feel sick, crummy or sad. There is absolutely no shame in getting help from a physician.
OK, I promised you 10 ways to beat the wintertime blues a.k.a. SAD…
Ew yuck. Going outside where it’s cold and then getting sweaty is not something I want to do. My solution… go walk the mall. Leave the credit cards at home or you might come home with new shoes every trip.
2. Stay warm.
If my feet get cold that’s it… I’m cold and cranky the rest of the day. Instead of new shoes from the mall, it may be time to invest in some good socks. Oh, and layer up. Now is the time to pair up all your tank tops & sweaters.
3. Wear an outfit that makes you feel spunky.
I always feel better when I’ve got my sassy pants on. Cute clothes will help give you a confidence boost. So break out with your cool-kid clothes and watch your perkiness double.
4. Join a social group.
Find your tribe, get some people, gather your girls for a lunch date or even just coffee. Socialize and it really helps keep you in a good mood. Being a hermit crab is not a good look on anyone.
5. Discover a new hobby.
It’s the classic, “take your mind off of it”, occupy yourself with a project of some kind. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just check out Pinterest for inspiration. It’s hard to be unhappy when you’re crafting or baking cookies.
6. Listen to cheerful music.
Our definitions of cheerful music might differ and that’s A-ok. Just turn some tunes on and don’t be embarrassed to dance to the beat. That would take care of the first suggestion on this list. Now that I’m looking back over the list you take dancing lessons and knock out almost everything I’ve listed so far.
7. Eat healthy foods.
Ugh. But this gets listed for everything. I know, I know! But picture yourself hiding in your bedroom with a giant bag of candy. After you eat them all, you’ll be depressed with a tummy ache. Plus, your cute clothes are waiting on you.
8. Avoid alcohol.
Drinking might sound like fun or maybe you’re somewhere that everyone is having a drink. Alcohol will only exacerbate the feelings of depression, anxiety and your overall mood. Being silly with the giggles is temporary. Remember that you want to beat the wintertime blues, not make them worse. Not to mention the headaches that can accompany a hangover! UGH!
9. Hang a bird feeder outside your window.
My personal favorite is to watch all the little birds happily pecking away at the bird feeder. And get creative too. There are lots of stores and places online which the neatest looking feeders. Watching a happy little bird jumping around gives me the warm fuzzies.
10. Bright light (therapy).
I saved the number one suggestion for last. From what I’ve always been told, we need a certain amount of bright light. I wasn’t sure exactly why though, so I researched it online. Click here to read about the benefits of light therapy. My main light source is still the good old fashioned sun rays. Even on cloudy or overcast skies, there’s still light. Find a therapy light HERE