Banishing the Winter blues
5 Tips for banishing the Winter blues / Seasonal Affective Disorder
It’s often this time of year when the weather takes a sharp turn that it gives us cold mornings and dark evenings and our mood can naturally take a dip, this is completely normal, but you might think what can you do to stop feeling this way? We are quite lucky in the UK for having a few decent summer months, however, one minute we’re fighting for the fan and ditching the duvet in the night, the next minute we are succumbing to the mere thought of putting the heating on for the first time and digging out the hat and scarf! Symptoms for the winter blues could be:
Sleeping problems Changes in appetite Trouble concentrating Fatigue Feelings of hopelessness
But remember, your mood and happiness doesn’t have to feel this way.
Check out these 5 tips that could put the Spring back into your step
1. Keep active Regular exercise can naturally help boost your mood. A short lunch time walk, or a stroll along a country park on a weekend can increase the serotonin in your body which will lift your mood.
2. Eat healthily In times like this we want comfort, warm, no hassle food, but choosing the right food will leave you feeling fuller and physically more comfortable for longer. Making sure you eat your 5-a-day is a good place to start. Check out this blog from the NHS for tips on eating healthy www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/eight-tips-for-healthy-eating
3. Listen to music Research has shown that listening to upbeat music (and having a little dance around the kitchen) can really improve your mood. Turn up that groovy pop song and have a little dance with your children or partner, your favourite tune could help you laugh away those seasonal blues.
4. Meet friends and family Having a catch up with friends can be a really great way to boost your mood. Putting on the kettle and having a chat will lift your mood and your spirits and engaging in conversation can help if you are having any worries or stresses. Talking to others about how you feel is very important for your mental health. 5.Find a routine Finding a routine can help with your mood, having a bad sleep routine can make you feel sluggish and down during the day, keeping a regular bedtime and waketime can help throw off a bad sleep cycle, which will prevent both insomnia and oversleeping. Try dimming the lights in the evening and having no screen time for about an hour before bed. During the day go for a short walk outside in the fresh air for around 30 minutes, when you exercise your dopamine and serotonin levels rise which has a positive change on the chemistry in your brain.
Whatever you manage to do to help, remember that feeling down can always be changed. Just do it, even if you don’t feel like it at first.