The Winter Blues


By: Danielle Kerr

The seasons are changing and so are our moods. There is less sunlight, the days are colder, the nights are longer, and our emotions can take us on a roller-coaster ride with little warning. The gloomy days can take a big toll on our moods, making it much harder to get motivated to be active when the need for comfort calls you—how many times have you chosen the cozy blanket, the comfort foods or the addictions to ease the pain of the winter blues? It can be the easy way out in the short term, but it will create issues in the long term. However, you will be happier in the long term when you choose to commit to your well-being and to feeling better before letting old patterns set in this winter! Once you’ve made that decision, it can be helpful to share your commitment with your family and friends; maybe someone will join you on your journey to feeling better! 

Movement Brings Calming Relief
Exercising first thing in the morning can give you a boost of endorphins that keeps you going throughout the day. It can also leave a feeling of accomplishment that sets the tone for the day and your overall mood. By committing yourself to regular exercise, you can help alleviate your stressful and anxious feelings, and therefore boost your mood. Now remember that friend or family member you shared your commitment with? Ask them to join you to stay motivated! If you need more accountability, consider getting a personal trainer or joining group fitness classes.  

More Vitamin D Means A Stronger Mind & Body In Winter
Low levels of vitamin D can cause a disruption in your mood as well. The sun is not strong enough in the fall and winter to provide the necessary means for your body to make enough vitamin D. Supplementing vitamin D or eating foods rich in vitamin D can be an easy way to help your body. Foods like red meat, egg yolks, oily fish such as salmon and herring, or even liver can give you a boost.  

Being Aware Of Your Mood Brings ClarityKeeping a mood journal can help you understand yourself better throughout the days and weeks. It can be easy to fool yourself about how long you have allowed yourself to stay in the negative mood. When it is written down, it is hard to deny that action needs to be taken to feel better. Understanding and learning how to ride the waves of your emotions will help you not only with the winter blues, but with many situations in life. 

We all deserve to feel good—what is the action you’re going to take to live your best winter?

 

 


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