Growing up in south Florida, I had only experienced two seasons, summer and less summer. (LOL) In Florida, it is sunny year-round, so my first winter was definitely an experience, to say the least. I also discovered how cold weather and early dark afternoons could affect your mood levels.
Some even suffer from seasonal affective disorder also known as SAD. SAD is defined as a mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year exhibit depressive symptoms at the same time of year.
It is easy to sleep for longer periods of time, overeat, and stay in the house all day during the winter. These are a few of the tips I have adopted over the past year to help keep the winter blues out of my life!
Soak in the daylight
I love to have my morning coffee by the window. This step tends to set my mood intentions for the day. Our bodies produce vitamin D that helps regulate our moods. So sit and that light and raise your serotonin levels for a happier winter you!
Adopt a routine, Morning or Night
I have found that keeping a routine helps even out my mood during the winter. I make a daily schedule every morning, and I stick to it. I try my hardest to stick to it! It does not differ many days by day, but routines help keep my focus on things that need to be done for the day.
Start winter traditions
Have guilty pleasures you only enjoy and look forward to in the winter. Whether your siping hot cocoa, snuggling by a crackling fire, making gingerbread cookies or drinking hot toddies. There are plenty of winter activities to get up and be active. Ice skating, winter hikes, and sleigh rides it’s essential to relish winter activities!
Reading keeps the mind active. I can honestly say there’s nothing cozier than a good book, warm blanket, and hot coffee or tea. If you are reading any good books, leave them below in the comment section.
Working out is scientifically proven to boost our mood levels. This helps us even in the winter! I know it sounds crazy but hear me out! Even if your workout out is a leisurely stroll for the day I say go for it. The best part about being out is coming back home and turning on the fire.
What do you do to keep the winter blues away? Please drop your suggestions below.
Thanks for reading!