I’m lucky to be in Colorado where there is sun for at least a little while almost everyday - even in the winter. That can help a lot with the winter blahs. The daylight hours are still short and the cold snaps still cold and I am still prone to winter blahs, though they aren’t quite as severe as when I lived in Grand Forks where all of those things were more “-er” than here.
- Get some natural light, be it to find it streaming in a window somewhere and plunking yourself down for a nap in it or getting outside (even better) to enjoy it. If you are in an especially dreary climate, replace your light bulbs with full spectrum bulbs.
- Take a vitamin D supplement - especially if you don’t take in dairy products that have added vitamin D.
- Crank up some music you like that makes you want to move and dance around the house.
- Find something to laugh at, be it your pet’s crazy antics or a movie or a funny book. For quick pick-me-ups try YouTube!
- Get moving! I know it seems crazy that being active can have anti-depressive results, but it really can make a difference. It doesn’t knock you over the head on the first time out though, so be patient and watch for subtle differences in your mood and behavior. I find it also helps me sleep better which ultimately improves my mood as well.
- Get a massage, either from a spa or your loved one. Skin to skin contact can be very helpful both in your mood and in boosting your immunity so while you’re watching that funny movie, plop your feet in the lap of the person next to you and ask for a foot rub!
- Eat something citrusy or use citrus-scented body products which can be quite mood-lifting.
- Do something creative, perhaps something new to you. Learning something new stimulates different areas of the brain. Try using colorful things to counter the grayness of winter too!
- Perform a RAK (random act of kindness) or help out someone who is going through a rough patch. It can really help you get out of your own head.
- Get out of the house and spend some time with friends, even if you don’t think you want too! I think this is the hardest if the blahs really have a hold on you, but it is one of the best things to do.
How about you? What lifts you out of winter blahs?