The clocks have gone back now in the UK and we saw the first real cold snap of the year. Cue the days are getting shorter and we have to accept that winter is well and truly on it’s way. This time of the year we tend to spend more time indoors and less likely to look after our health and wellbeing. For many of us, this is the time when the winter blues set in.
The winter blues, otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a common, seasonal depression caused by the cold, dreary, dark months of winter. Dan, especially struggles at this time of the year, so we’re always thinking about how to make things feel nicer this time of the year.
Whether you love or loathe winter, here are some tips to keep you happy and healthy.
Prepare your cosy nest. I always find by creating a warm a cosy home, I can soon forget how miserable and cold it is outside. Make sure you set your heating to come on about half an hour or so before you’re due home. The place will then be warming up nicely. Use soft lighting like lamps and some fab smelling candles to create that cosy ambience.
Invite your friends round. Make the most of your cosy pad and invite friends and family around. Take a leaf out of the Scandinavian nations, which have some of the longest and bleakest winters. They embrace the concept of hygge. The ethos is to embrace winter as a time to slow down, enjoy being at home, and spend time inside with friends and family.
Try to get some daylight. There are a number of theories based around a lack of sunlight disrupting our sleep cycles. This in turn can then contribute to low mood and lack of energy. I always start to feel like a mole or something during winter. It’s dark when I leave the house and dark when I come home. I try to just get outside for as much as I can at lunchtime. If you suffer particularly badly, it might even be worth investing in a light box.
Get your veggies. Before the party season kicks off, get into the habit of enjoying all the new winter veggies. Carrots, parsnips, swede, turnips are perfect either for roasting, mashing or making soup. Healthy eating could also stave off and keep colds at bay by boosting your immune system.
Put on some upbeat music. Even better have a boogie around your living room. Dance is great free exercise, so it’s perfect for when you can’t be bothered to go to the gym. It will also give you an adrenaline boost and you’ll be laughing so much.
What do you do to avoid the winter blues?
Lots of love,