I love Winter. I really do. I actually like it more than Summer. Except for the clouds, fog, freezing temperatures, etc.. Mostly I like Winter because I can wear enough clothes to feel comfortably covered up. I am a jeans and sweatshirt kinda girl. I love covering up with a blanket while watching t.v. I really like coffee and like drinking hot tea, and it's not as comfortable in the summer... especially here.
If you are anything like me, though, you might get a little "blah" during the winter months. For some (10%) it could be an actual form of depression called seasonal affective disorder, for others it can simply be caused by the natural tendency to become more isolated during the cold months, a natural slump after the holidays (caused by overspending and overeating - or rather - the consequences of both) and perhaps a lack of sunshine.
Experts say that this "blah" feeling can be countered by simple steps:
- Get out and move! Just because it's cold and miserable shouldn't give you an excuse to sit inside all day. Get out there and move your body, find a sunny part of the day and take a 20 minute walk.
- Take your vitamins. Sometimes the blah feeling could be caused by a lack of vitamin D and/or other deficiencies. Make sure you are eating enough fruits and veggies. Nature gives you a clue! Eat an orange or other in-season fruits every day and you will probably compensate for your deficiencies (at least the dietary ones).
- Laugh. Watch a funny movie, go see a comedian, take time and visit with friends, but make sure you are smiling and laughing... it will lift your spirits.
- Take care of yourself. Some of the winter blahs can be caused by weight gain from over the holidays. If you exercise and start eating more healthily, you will begin to feel better in no time at all. If that doesn't cheer you up, a glass of wine and candy bar might lift your spirits! (But not the weight).
- Have coffee with a friend. Fight winter isolation by being intentional in your relationships. Invite a friend for coffee, and spend time commiserating your small bank balance or larger pants size.