How to stay happy this winter
The winter is a sad, sad time for many people. When the weather is unbearable and the sun never seems to shine, hibernating might sound like the way to go. Unfortunately, most of us can’t afford to stay curled up on the coach until the snow melts and the birds start chirping again. If you think you’ll need a little pep in your step this winter, try these tips:
- Take your vitamins – Always a good idea, but especially so during the wintertime. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with longer and worsening depression.1 Taking the recommended amount before and during winter months can be very beneficial.
- Get your exercise in – Snow covered roads may be enough to keep you away from the gym, but you can still get your exercise in! Pop in a home workout DVD or find one online for a convenient workout. It will be worth it, exercise has been known to be a great mood-booster.2
- Eat right – Most people try to avoid carbs, but that’s not a smart idea in the winter. A low-carb diet can lead to a drop in serotonin levels, the hormone responsible for a balanced mood.3
- Make time for socializing – It’s tempting to stay cooped up all winter long, but you should really fight the urge. Being around others is another mood-booster2, which is great because it’s easy and there are plenty of activities to do indoors.
- Savor the season – If you’re not up for changing your diet, exercise, or social habits, there’s still hope! Winter may be a drag, but getting out and taking in the beauty of it is actually pretty special. Whether it’s the snow-covered trees, ice skating in a park, or people watching the holiday shoppers, there is always something to see or do that only happens during this time of year.
Winter might have you feeling like a scrooge, but with these steps you’ll be on your way to smiling in no time. If all else fails, remember spring is right around the corner.
- Posted by holx-admin
- On December 16, 2014