Seasonal Affective Disorder… better known as the winter blues or seasonal depression. I think we all start to feel it’s effects around this time of year when the days get shorter and colder. You start to spend more of your time indoors, and I for one end up on my couch in sweats most weekend. It’s a tricky season to get through but there are a few things you can do to give yourself a little jolt to pull yourself through the season.
Restyle your closet
One thing I look forward to in the winter months is sweater weather. I love pulling out all my winter pieces and seeing where there are holes in my collection or what trends I might want to try this year. Going a little winter cleaning and getting rid of old pieces and replacing them with new is a great way to get excited about the new season.
Rearrange Your Home
Just like in the spring it’s always nice to give your home a good refresh. With it being jacket
known might be the hardest thing to keep up on fighting the urge to come home and immediately go to bed is so difficult this time of year but I personally think not letting your gym routine slip is one of the most important tips here. Instead of heading home right after work try going immediately to the gym or a class. Give yourself a good hour to sweat and move, you’ll feel rejuvenated and the winter temperatures won’t feel nearly as bad. Plus your summer body will thank you later.
Another urge I find incredibly difficult to fight in the winter months is to overindulge and eat. With the increased amount of time at home, it’s so easy to want to snack all day long so instead of stocking treats high in sugars and fats pack healthy alternatives like nuts and fruit, you also want to make sure you’re getting even more Vitamin D in your diet since you’re getting less sunlight, this can be found in some mushrooms, orange juice, soy milk, and some cheeses.
Take Up a New Hobby
Instead of sitting on the couch and binge-watching all those addictive Netflix original shows like we all know you want to do(Did anyone see Sabrina!?), try taking up a new hobby, this could be indoor rock climbing (bonus points because it’s also exercise) or maybe join a local book club or something. Anything that gets you out of your sweats and off the couch, it will be a way to socialize if you’re so inclined and a great way to distract yourself from the cold grey weather ahead.
Make Time for Friends
Maybe while you’re trying to decide what new hobby you want to take on invite a friend to join you on the adventure! This will be an awesome way to bond and to make time for those people you care about. I also love taking time to go out and get drinks with friends in the winter time. Hit the local dive bar for some drinks in your oversized sweater and leggings, not feeling like you have to impress anyone is the best feeling when walking into a bar.
Finally, like with any other mental health topic, I can’t stress enough how important it is to talk about how you’re feeling. If you’re feeling sad or depressed don’t feel embarrassed to ask for help or to just talk.