Four Tips For Keeping Positive This Winter
There’s no denying that the winter months may be stressful for many people’s mental health.
With the cooler temperatures, shorter days, and more time spent at home, we may feel the urge to sleep longer, experience changes in our appetite, and find the things we enjoy less appealing.
As we head into the winter, we must remember to consider the basic things we can do to improve our mental health, as well as recognize the indicators that we may want further assistance.
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a type of depression that affects people during winter.
So, what exactly is SAD (seasonal affective disorder)? It’s a type of depression that people get at various times of the year, with winter being the most common. The majority of us are influenced by the seasons changing, and it’s natural to feel a little sluggish in the winter; but, for others of us, the impact on our energy levels and mood is much more severe, and it may have a huge impact on our daily lives. If we already have depression symptoms at other times of the year, SAD has the potential to exacerbate them.
So, what are your options?
Winter can affect your mental health in a variety of ways, including SAD. Following are some self-care suggestions to help you deal if you aren’t feeling well:
Choose An Activity That You Enjoy
Even if you don’t have the motivation to get out and do something you enjoy, it’s one of the most effective ways to lift your spirits. You may also try something new by reading A Beginner’s Introduction to the Basics of Woodturning or enrolling in an online culinary school.
Take Advantage Of Natural Light
Ok, so spending the winter outdoors won’t cure SAD. It can, however, help ease the symptoms a little. Making an effort to let some natural light into a room is always worth it.
Try To Stay Away From Stressful Situations
This is easier said than done, and many people report feeling more stressed during the winter months. If you find this time of year particularly challenging, consider preparing ahead and reducing the number of stressful activities you undertake. Could you plan anything for a different time of year if you know something causes you more stress? Larger undertakings, such as moving house or changing jobs, are particularly difficult.
Exercise, Eat Well And Look After Yourself
During the winter, you should endeavor to be physically active. Physical activity is a really powerful means of elevating your moos and improving your energy levels, even if you don’t feel like it all of the time. You don’t have to do anything physically demanding; gardening, taking a mild walk, or doing chores can all be beneficial. It can be especially beneficial if you can do something outside, such as walking in the countryside or visiting a park. You should also make sure you stay on top of simple appointments such as chiropractors, dentists, and opticians.
A well-balanced diet is also essential, and you should always strive to counteract your SAD cravings for carbs like pasta and potatoes with plenty of vegetables and fruit. For some people, taking more Vitamin D or B12 supplements may be useful.
Do you have any additional tricks for staying positive in the winter? Please post them in the comments section.