With nights drawing in and the weather getting colder, the year’s end can trigger a change in mood. For some people this can cause seasonal depression that lasts throughout the latter months until spring comes round in March.
If you find the winter months particularly hard, here are ten tips to help balance your mood during the shift in weather and light:
1. Maximise the light
Open curtains and clean windows to let more light in. Rearrange your home and office furniture to make the most of the natural light when it’s there. If it’s sunny in the day, embrace it.
2. Rest up
If you have a busy schedule throughout the winter months, take advantage of a few moments of rest. This will make you appreciate them more, and feel even more recharged for the next event.
3. Appreciate the season
Winter isn’t all doom and gloom. Wrap up with a blanket, enjoy a warm drink, watch seasonal films, and listen to holiday music. Appreciate what the winter has to offer.
4. Keep active
Change up your exercise routine if you don’t like the idea of running through the woods at 6am on a frosty winter morning. Stretching, yoga and walking are all great activities to start with. A brisk five-minute walk will invigorate your mind, body and heart.
5. Be sociable
Autumn and winter can be great times to meet up with friends and family. Holiday celebrations are a perfect way to reconnect.
6. Soothe your body
Take a bath or shower to rest and relax from your hectic day at work.
7. Enjoy warm drinks and tasty food
Tasty food doesn’t always mean it’s unhealthy. Find nourishing comfort food recipes online to provide you with that rewarding feeling of eating well.
8. Seek professional help
Speak to a counsellor or a life coach if you are regularly experiencing depression – be it seasonal or ongoing. You can discuss your mental and emotional troubles to try and find a solution.
If you are feeling depressed and would like to learn more about what you are experiencing, visit our depression page.
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