Brighten Your Mood This Winter
Winter is dark, cold, and gloomy… and I’m not just talking about the weather. For many seasonal sufferers, including myself, their mood is just as dark and cold. January is definitely my hardest month, and here’s why- we come down from the highs of the holidays, left with the bills and a few extra pounds of Christmas guilt. The days are shorter, darker and colder and it makes it harder to get out of bed. The longest month of the year leaves me longing for Spring time and sunshine. I know I’m not alone in this annual battle. While a quarter of us suffer from some form of seasonal affectiveness disorder, about 11 million Americans suffer from a more severe form of the winter blues. Source WebMD
What Causes Seasonal Anxiety And Depression?
Simple- a lack of sunlight. Some people are more sensitive to this lack of light and it dramatically affects their mental health. The sunshine state of Florida, only about 1 per cent of people suffer from SAD. Source WebMD.
If you can’t move somewhere sunnier, there are ways to brighten up your mood.
1.) Artificial light. Science proves that light improves your mood and energy levels. Source Archdaily. If you can’t enjoy the real deal, try artificial light to brighten your day.
2.) Exercise. Studies that 30 minutes of vigorous exercise can be as effective at fighting depression as medication! That’s because exercise helps your body produce all of the feel good hormones. Source Verywellmind.
3.) Food. Dopamine diet rich foods can improve your mood. Try avoiding foods that leave you sluggish, like refined sugars and carbs. Source Stephsocial.
4.) Vitamins. Vitamins that can improve your mood and mental health include vitamin B’s and Vitamin D, omegas, magnesium, and zinc. Source Bustle.
5.) Get outside. The outdoors, even in the winter, can reduce stress and anxiety, naturally! Source Stephsocial.
6.) Self- Care. Taking care of yourself can give you an instant mood-boost! Try getting your hair or nails done, enjoying a bubble bath or indulge in a fave movie marathon!
7.) Gratitude. Studies prove that being grateful can dramatically increase your happiness levels. Source Thebestbrainpossible.
8.) Music. Make a playlist with all of your favourite, happy songs! This really works! When you listen to positive, upbeat music you instantly feel happier and more positive. It’s proven to work! Source Healthline.
9.) Surround yourself with positive people. You are who you hang out with!
Do you suffer from seasonal sadness? What do you do to improve your mood during the tough months?