Beating the Winter Blues!
So, you had a great summer and spent lots of time outdoors. You had bbq’s, parties, holidays, walks, and bike rides. You got to sit outside and chat into the late evening. But now winter is coming.
For me there’s nothing worse than seeing the first leaf drop from a tree as September draws to a close. The weather is getting colder and the nights are creeping closer to tea time. To put in simply, it makes me feel sad. If you feel like this, you are not alone:
Winter Blues effects 1 in 8 of us. Luckily for me, the blues only last for a few weeks. I’ve found ways to battle against the winter demons! Here are a few tips that can help to combat winter blues:
1. Exercise! This for me is the most important tip. People are naturally more active in the summer, don’t let it stop through the winter months. It’s not fully known why exercise helps tackle the winter blues, but it does. Exercise helps produce endorphins that help you relax and promotes hormones like serotonin to make you feel happier. So get signed up to your local gym, or just go out for a jog!
2. Natural light. The sun produces Vitamin D, which in turn helps produce more Serotonin. Not enough vitamin D can make you feel blue. During the summer months, most of us will get more than enough vitamin D in our everyday lives and we will feel great! In the winter, it can be more difficult, especially when a lot of us are cooped up indoors all day. Combat this by getting out in natural light for at least half an hour every day.
3. Chocolate! Yes, you heard me right. Research has shown that eating Chocolate makes us happy. This is due to chocolate containing a certain amino acid called tryptophan which helps the body create, you guessed it, Serotonin. But enough about the boring science behind it, it tastes great! So go and buy some chocolate and be happy.
4. Music. I find that playing upbeat summer time music helps me combat the winter blues. It does what it says on the tin, feel good music makes you feel good, whatever the weather.
5. Planning. Plan something! An event, party, holiday, anything that you enjoy. This will give you something to look forward to for next summer. Before you know it, winter will be over and the sun will be out!