Since the Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) (also known as Winter Blues) prevalence is around 5% in North America, having good tips to avoid it can be really helpful. As someone who gets affected a lot by the weather, I read a lot about it in my textbooks between 2 of my studying sessions. Here, I’m gonna spare you doing all the researches since I’ve made them for you. These 3 tips are scientifically proven to get you through the short winter days.
1) Get outside. I know, I know, it seems so simple but yet too often neglected. The main cause of the SAD is the lack of daylight. Even if it’s not sunny outside, even if it’s cold, you need to go out. A 15 mins walk in the morning will highly improve your mood for the day and/or a 15 mins walk at night will drastically improve your sleep. And hey, don’t forget to open all your blinds during the day!
2) Moderate hearty foods. (Well, only after the holidays of course) Sometimes, in winter, we tend to eat a lot more of hearty foods and forget about eating healthy snacks and meals. I understand that hot pizza and fries seem more comforting than a pineapple. Just think about how you will feel afterwards. Eat food that will give you plenty of energy and naturally your mood will improve a lot.
3) Keep active. Unlike some websites will tell you, you don’t need to exercise like a crossfit athlete to beat the winter blues. By keeping yourself from having a 3 hours Netflix marathon everyday and staying busy instead you’ll see a difference in no time. The reason is quite simple. When you occupy your time with simple or harder tasks, you tend to forget about how it is outside. It’s a wonderful time to start a new hobby or even declutter your home.
As you can see, you don’t need a list of 50 ways to beat the winter blues. The best way to keep on track is to keep it simple.