How To Fight The Winter Blues
One of the reasons that I hate winter so much, besides the cold, is the way it makes me feel. The winter blues are no joke. And people with Raynauds, like me, it can be even more difficult. Since I’m not a huge winter fan, I try to do as much as I can to work on my mental health during the winter. Here are some tips to fight the winter blues.
When it’s cold and gloomy, staying in under the blankets my sound very appealing but it’s important to stay active and keep moving. Exercise has been proven to reduce symptoms of depression and it helps release happy chemicals.
Instead of staying cooped up inside, treat yourself to something you enjoy like the movies, a girls night out with friends (more on that below), or do a hobby that you like.
Being around family and friends can boost your mood and motivate you to do things.
Try Something New
Trying something new actually rewires your brain. You can do whatever your heart desires whether it’s learning to cook a new dish, starting a new project, do a class or workshop.
When you’re feeling blue, you are more likely to crave carbs and sugar which will eventually make your blood sugar drop. But if you eat healthy foods that are rich in potassium, magnesium, B vitamins, etc., can help boost your mood.
Red Light Therapy/Sun Therapy
I’m actually doing red light therapy treatment for my candida and Raynauds. Light therapy has been proven to help seasonal depression. When we have less sunlight, it messes up our circadian rhythms, which is our bodies biological clock to produce brain activity and hormones. Try to do it for 30-60 minutes each day.
Wear Bright Colours
I don’t know about you, but when I wear bright colours, my mood is automatically so much brighter. I feel overall happier. Even just a pop of colour with a neutral coloured outfit works.
What are some things you do to fight the winter blues?