4 Ways To Beat Winter Depression

When the days get shorter and the nights colder, we tend to feel less energetic. Winter can make people feel low even if they’ve never dealt with depression. It’s tempting to stay in bed under three layers of blankets, but sleeping the brief days away can make you feel worse. Luckily, there are simple ways to conquer the winter blues that are cheaper than flying to an island resort.
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1. Get outside.

If it’s cold, bundle up! Get a coat that’s a size too big and put on as many layers as you can. Invest in some flannel leggings to wear under your jeans. Putting hand warmers in your gloves or coat pocket can make a blustery day more bearable. Get some fresh air, especially when it’s sunny. Even though it feels cold, you can get a dose of vitamin d as long as you live south of LA. If you live in the north, try eating foods with vitamin D like fatty fish and mushrooms, or buy foods that are fortified with it. You can also buy it as a supplement. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to fatigue, so getting more of it could be all you need to start feeling better.

2. Break a sweat.

If you can, go to a gym or get a yoga membership. Getting your blood flowing can help keep you warmer and exercise releases endorphins that can improve your mood. You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits of a good workout, so find what works for your body. Be sure to take classes that are at your level and ask how to use equipment before you start. If you can’t get to a studio or a gym, get moving at home! Playing music and dancing while you clean or watching fitness videos can be just as effective as going to a gym without the price tag.

3. Don’t stress about your weight.

If you’ve gained a few pounds over the holiday season, don’t fret too much. It happens to almost everyone. If you’re still at a healthy weight, commit to going outside in the springtime and schedule as much physical activity as you can for the time being. There’s no need to worry about your figure or stress over bikini season if you’ve put on a few pounds. Plus, it’s likely that you’re the only one that notices. Let yourself enjoy the season and all its delicious coffee drinks and desserts. Life’s too short to care too much about your weight.

4. Treat yourself.

You can give yourself a spa day without leaving your home. Plan a few hours on a day off to do your nails, take a long bath and listen to music. Spend extra time doing your hair and makeup or get dressed up in your favorite outfit. Think of any method you have of reducing stress as an investment to your mental health. The happier you are, the more productive you’ll be. It’s worth dedicating a few hours to take care of you. Keep a positive mindset and remember, spring is just around the corner. TC mark

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