The “winter blues” or “winter depression” is a real condition that is known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Super cold temperatures and less sunlight affects everyone in the winter (and it can be worse depending on where you live in the world). Everyone is different, which means some people just have a lot harder time adjusting and may find them self suffering from “the winter blues”.
Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, so it is important to assess the severity of your case and take the right steps to have yourself feeling your best!
Below are my top tips on combating the winter blues!
- Take advantage of light – whether it’s making your work environment brighter by opening the blinds or getting outside during the day for a walk – we need vitamin D for adequate levels of “feel-good” chemicals in the brain and a deficiency can make your mood worse!
- Get adequate rest! It is important to have a regular sleep routine. In the winter, a lot of people tend to over-sleep or nap – which can mess up your circadian rhythm and throw your hormones (specifically cortisol and adrenaline) out of whack!
- Get some sort of movement in! I know it might be hard to muster up the motivation to get out into the cold to exercise – but it is one of the best ways I know to increase endorphins and relieve anxiety/stress!
- Fuel your body with healthy foods that are good for your mind, body and soul! Make sure you are eating nutrient-dense foods, as a deficiency in certain nutrients can worsen your mood!
- Stay hydrated! Being dehydrated can have major effects on your energy levels and mental alertness!