When the temperature outside drops considerably and the sun makes a rare appearance in the sky, my mood becomes crappy. The cold wind and constant drizzle do nothing to improve it. I become lethargic and an ugly-faced depression creeps in. So the big question is – HOW TO COPE WITH WINTER BLUES???
Well, the best way would be to sleep it off and wake up fresh as a daisy in spring. I don’t know about you, but my body is not covered in a thick layer of lush fur and I am not particularly partial to honey. So this option is out! However, sleep is vital to our good mood. Only a well-rested person is strong and energetic enough to face a new day’s challenges. Less sleep means we are snappy and short-tempered. We also tend to consume more sugary things and trashy food.
A balanced diet during cold months is essential to keep our bodies and minds in a good condition. After all, a person with a runny nose and high temperature can hardly be called a happy one. It is necessary to eat products that can warm our bodies. So tropical fruit, yoghurts and sweets should disappear from our menus. Soups, seasonal vegetables and hot spices should make a permanent appearance in the kitchen.
Drinking hot beverages should be encouraged. I am rarely seen without a huge mug of steaming tea. I love herbal teas and my kitchen cupboard is jam-packed with various kinds. My favourite are rosemary and ginger. Rosemary helps fight a sinus infection and ginger has a pleasant warming effect on the body and keeps winter chills at bay.
Long evenings and horrid weather foster activities at home. Autumn and winter are ideal seasons to cultivate various hobbies and pursue new interests. Cross-stitching, jewellery making, picture painting – there are many productive ways to kill the time and have an interesting evening. And if you are not art inclined, you can always hide under a fluffy blanket with a gripping novel or a TV remote.
People who are not afraid of cold weather can venture outside and hike, jog or skate. During autumn and winter months sports centres are filled with sport enthusiasts. No wonder – working out helps to release endorphins, hormones of happiness. And a happy person will not likely suffer from winter blues.
There are days when only a huge amount of chocolate can help you improve your mood. When you feel down, don’t deny yourself a bit of pleasure. I know that a carrot is more preferable to a slice of cake, especially if you try to keep your weight under control. But once in a while you are allowed to cut yourself some slack and eat something that is considered unhealthy. Don’t feel guilty about it. Enjoy every bite. After all, a bit of chocolate won’t kill you. And if you manage to eat a whole bar in less than a minute then my hat is off for you. There is a good chance that you’ll win first prize in the next Competitive Eating Contest.
Find time to pamper yourself. A hot bath, a relaxing massage or a DIY beauty treatment can do magic to your failing mood. A person who does not forget about her needs and devotes time and energy to look and feel good is satisfied and content with life.
There are many ways to beat winter blues. Do whatever keeps you in a good mood. Take a good care of yourself in these cold and dark months. And remember – after winter comes spring. I bet it’ll come quicker than winter in Westeros.