Here we are coming to the end of the first month of the New Year. The weather is colder, the days are shorter and many struggle to maintain a happy, healthy mindset. Is it just post Holiday blues? This time of year, during the cold, dark months of winter, seasonal affective disorder, SAD, sets in for many people. According to Psychology Today, they often suffer symptoms like extreme fatigue, difficulty concentrating, low motivation and weight gain. The good news is, there are ways to manage symptoms of SAD and depression. Here are a few ways you can battle the winter blues:
Eat Healthy – Take your vitamins
Exercise – Stay active whether in a gym, yoga studio, or outdoors
Surround yourself with good, like minded people
Check something off your Bucket List
Spend time warming up by the Fireplace or Firepit
Manage your Screen Time – detox from social media
Get Fresh Air and Sunshine – Be outdoors in Nature
The above is quoted from an article in Forbes last year. I was not that aware of it. I was wondering why I was feeling like I was this past week. I was more tired, less energetic, just not my usual self. Although I still managed to run five out of my 6 days, a bit slower but still out there. I felt cold, and bundled up in Uniglo heattech under layers and made sure when out in the fog, had a neck scarf, head band and gloves on. However I must admit, living in SoCal with morning temps this week in the low 40’s and daily highs in the low 60″s – I really had nothing to complain about. Considering that I have lived here more than anywhere else – now over 40 years, I feel the cold dampness and bundle up accordingly. And then I see people in swimsuits, shorts and tank tops running and walking on the beach! Everyone feels the weather differently. I can not imagine living in colder climates anymore. My husband and I will though venture into the cold when we vacation – like Alaska, Canada, and in the future, Iceland and the Antarctica. But only for a week or 2! We can enjoy the change, experience the wonders of the areas and then return home. I much prefer warmer climates and sun filled days with blue skies, puffy clouds, and a little ocean breeze.
Based on the above article, I realized that weather and climate has a definite impact on all of us. Once we are aware of it, we can take the steps outlined to improve the way we feel. Then, we can continue to enjoy being alive – healthy, happy and whole – feeling grateful and appreciative regardless of the weather outside.
With Light and Love and Overcoming the Winter Blues! Only 54 days till Spring.