Winter brings a whole load of challenges, from icy sidewalks to frozen car doors. Seasonal Affective Disorder or the “Winter Blues” is a common feeling; as we get less sunlight and outdoor time during the cold season, we become tired, sad and distracted. Winter blues can make it difficult to keep up with your physical and mental health during the coldest and darkest months of the year. However, there are many simple things you can add to your every day routine that can help! We’ve gotten our 5 favorites together here as start, but there are countless possibilities. Add your own twist or add activities that make you happy.
Stick to A Schedule
Remember to go to bed and wake up at similar times every day and stay on top of your weekly household chores. Getting out of routine can add to feelings of restlessness or lack of focus.
Get Plenty of Sunshine
Bundle up and spend time outside in the sun or consider getting a sun lamp for your home. The sun gives us Vitamin D which is absolutely essential for good health.
Consider Your Diet
Eat plenty of fruits and veggies and consider replacing red meats with leaner choices. The right balance of proteins, vitamins, carbs and calories is important any time of the year but especially during the winter months.
Exercise daily, even if it is just stretching or taking a short walk. 30 minutes of exercise a day will lift your mood and can reduce winter body aches.
Keep In Touch With Family & Friends
Last but definitely not least. Now more than ever, it is crucial to keep in touch with your loved ones. Call or text someone important to you and see how they are doing. A chat with someone you love can brighten your day and keep your spirits high!