It's mid January, the temps are below freezing, it's dark by 5p and you're really missing those summer nights on the boat. At this point, you may be feeling the winter blues. It's okay, it's perfectly normal. Here's some ways you can beat the winter blues:
Go For a Walk
Even though it's cold outside, it is still important to get some fresh air. Bundle up, put in your headphones and grab your dog to take a walk outside and get some vitamin D.
When the temps drop it's normal to feel a bit lazier than normal. Exercising is important as it can beat fatigue, boost your immune system and boost heart health. Plus, you can actually burn more fat when working out in cold weather.
During the winter months, especially around the holidays, it is so easy to indulge in all the comfort foods and warm cookies. While this is fine every once in a while, it is important to eat lots of fruits, veggies and proteins. Studies show that eating a well balanced diet can actually cure depression.
Check Something Off of Your Bucket List
You know that list of things you've been wanting to do for months? Now's the time. Take that trip, go through your closet, go to lunch with your friend, read that book or sign up for that gym class you've been wanting to do. Chances are this will bring you joy and make you feel accomplished.
Set Your Phone Down, Turn Off the TV
When we aren't spending as much time outside, we find ourselves scrolling social media and watching TV more than usual. Doing this too much causes you to be more tired and reduces your mood. Set a time of day where there are no screens allowed.
Arrange a Sleep Schedule
When it's cold outside, it is always tempting to stay in bed and sleep all day. It is important you are getting a proper amount of sleep. Plan out what time you'd like to go to bed and wake up in the morning. Be sure it is a good 8 hours of sleep.
Take Your Vitamins
Winter time may call for more vitamins. Some good ones you may not be getting enough of are: vitamin D, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin E and omega 3 fish oil. If you're not sure what you should be taking, talk to your doctor.
Look for Help
If you've tried all of these and still feel like you aren't doing well, it may be time to get some professional help. It's always ok to get help from a friend, family member or therapist.