5 Ways to Get Over Your Winter Blues

By Maryan Shire | Full-time Humber College -Advance Diploma Public Relation|DamageControl7Media | Mar 2, 2015

“While I relish our warm months, winter forms our character and brings out our best.”

-Tom Allen

Don’t know about you, but the cold cold winters really bum me out. Once the holidays are over and the new years resolutions are broken I just want to curl up in my blanket till spring. I dread winter each year, surprised on its arrival ready for it to be over. So today I’d like to share 5 simple ways and fun facts to make it easier to stay positive over the season. Good habits and motivation are contagious, and when you’re healthy and feeling good, it’s easier to see the brighter side of winter.

Stay Healthy

He’s back! Old man winter has not only knocked down my doors he practically sitting in my living room watching Netflix. Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. These cold months are when our immune systems take a hit and colds, fevers and the flu become common. Fortunately there are very effective natural steps that you can take to keep your body healthy and immune system in top shape!

  • Continue your exercise routine throughout the winter to stay fit, boost your immune system and keep your weight down.
  • If the weather isn’t on your side for your workout at your local gym, invest in some fitness DVD’s.
  • A 45-minute workout twice a week shouldn’t be a problem
  • Keep hydrated by drinking 6-8 glasses of water each day.
  • If you don’t feel like drinking water switch it up and drink herbal tea’s. Green tea, Mint tea , White tea or berry tea offer plenty of anti-oxidants benefits.
  • Washing your hands is the most effective way to stay healthy this winter. This simple step will kill germs that are passed on to you, who really wants to be sick anyway?

Stay Humble

So when I wake up in the morning and look out my window all I see is darkness and all I can hear is the storm knocking at my door. It is easy to forget about the things I have been fortunate to have. Something as simplistic as; my blue fluffy robe, to the roof on my head. I seem to forget to appreciate all the little things that I have and like to dwell on the negative. I find that if I wake up with a positive mindset it will help me through the 6 months of winter. I encourage everyone to wake up with a smile because tomorrow isn’t promised, so enjoy it like it’s your last whether you are in the sun or snow!

Vitamin D

As your summer tans fade away and as the cold winds blow in the cold season, don’t forget to take your Vitamin D pills. During these winter months, it is fact that regions where sunlight hours are low, Vitamin D remains low as well. The government recommends 200 to 600 IU of vitamin D a day. This is the amount you need to prevent rickets, a disease caused by vitamin D deficiency. Of course, the best source of vitamin D is still sunlight, in the correct dosages. However, not all of us are fortunate enough to have daily sun exposure all year round — sometimes not even during the summer months!

Plan Something

Winter seems endless! Having something to look forward to can keep anyone motivated. But if you plan something exciting, your mood improves when you’re anticipating it and when the event actually comes. Plan something that’s exciting to you—a day at the spa, a party with family or a vacation. Sometimes on those cold winter nights we just need to get away. Planning a trip to a hot and sunny destination can get you relaxed, rejuvenated and help kick those winter blues. Though it might be tempting to indulge on the decadent desserts on vacation. Trust your own good judgment and stick to your regular eating habits as close as possible. Take care of yourself so you can have many more sunny vacations during the cold seasons!

Sleep

Easier said than done, I know, but adequate sleep is vital to a healthy immune system. Have you ever woken up from a bad nights sleep; feeling like your brain is fuzzy and confused? Sleep loss effects how you think, and effects your emotional state. It impairs your decision-making and attention to detail. It is recommended to have 7-8 hours of sleep a night in order to function well the next day. So get a head start shut down your computer, turn off the lights, and go to bed an hour early tonight.

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One thought on “5 Ways to Get Over Your Winter Blues

  1. jenicaholly April 20, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    I think this is a very important topic Marian, and a great quote to start with.

    I think a lot of people are unaware of the mental tolls winter can actually take on your health. Seasonal affective disorder effects from between 2-9% of the population. What many people call “winter blues” could actually be a detriment your health. All the tips you’ve listed are recommended by doctors, but there are some other interesting treatments I’d like to mention for anyone who could be suffering with this seasonal condition.

    In animals, a chemical called melatonin is produced in darkness; usually at night. The levels manufactured in the body vary during different seasons, giving them a basis for their sleep schedule, a kind of seasonal clock. Melatonin occurs naturally in fruits like cherries, oranges and bananas and is used in some cases to treat sleep disorders, anxiety and to increase vivid dreaming. A lot of people believe that taking melatonin in the winter can help you maintain a healthier sleep schedule, making you more alert and less irritable during the day when you are not producing it naturally.

    Light therapy is another way scientists have found to combat SAD. The effectiveness of light therapy is linked to the fact that light therapy makes up for lost sunlight and resets the body’s internal clock. Effects of this therapy last up to a month, and it is currently the primary treatment.

    You can read this article in the New York Times to learn more: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/18/health/18mind.html?em&ex=1198213200&en=a955503f665508cf&ei=5087&_r=0

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