For those of you who don’t share others’ excitement for the cold season here’s how to escape winter sadness following just a few tips.
- Winter blues are not the same with SAD
- SAD is short for Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Improve your lifestyle and you won’t be blue anymore
Many of us start looking forward to winter even since summer. We enjoy the snow, whether we simply watch the snowflakes coming down, or we build a snowman or have a snowball fight. Some of us like cozy clothes and drinking hot chocolate and of course, there’s also the holiday season that usually comes bearing gifts.
On the other hand there are many people who don’t like these things and they see winter solely as a cold, gloomy season and are obviously looking forward for springtime or summertime to come.
The fact that a season makes you blue, actually has a name – it’s called SAD, short for Seasonal Affective Disorder. However, just feeling blue does not necessarily mean you’re depressed, but if you thing you have SAD, you should talk to a doctor.
The reason is not just the cold weather but also the change in hour and the fact that sunlight is scarce. This can make people feel sleepy and lazy. So, in order to help you figure out whether you’re just blue or you have SAD, here are some things you should do to lift your spirits.
First of all, since sunlight is scarce, make sure you get the best of it and as much as possible. Go outside, take walks and enjoy the sun. And, since we’re talking about taking walks, you should also exercise. It is well-known that endorphins released in the body through exercise can reduce stress and anxiety. Besides, it will also make you look better, which will make you feel good about yourself.
You should also be careful about what you eat. Yes, you might need more fat during the winter, but this doesn’t mean you should only eat pork or resort to junk-food. The secret, as always, is a balanced diet. If you’re feeling very low you could try some chocolate, but make sure it’s dark.
Naturally, try to spend more time with your loved ones as this will certainly improve your spirits and you could also try to plan your time better, not forgetting about getting enough sleep.
If all of these don’t succeed in making you feel less blue, try to speak with you doctor to receive more advice on the matter.
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