Let’s Beat The Winter Blues

Disclaimer I am not a licensed medical professional nor do I claim to be.  Please seek help for any medical conditions including SAD.

 

The days are getting longer, but still, we do not see the sun for long.  Our conversations all focus on the freezing temperatures, snow, and winds that are forecasted.  Scrolling through social media you see two types of posts.  It is either people who have taken a warm weather trip sharing pics of #funinthesun.  Or people who are bitter that winter is #neverending.  Winter, it seems, has really dug in its heels and settled in for an extended stay.  Piles of snow are growing by leaps and bounds after each snowfall.  Our cars all have the coating of salt and dirty snow residue.  Right now we are in the stage of winter that I like to call “I’m so tired of winter.  And wait and see.”  The “I’m so tired of winter” is an appropriate response to any question.  Invites to get out of the house now fall in we will have to wait and see if the weather cooperates category.  All of this leads to the winter blues.

Winter blues can also be called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  It usually begins in the late fall or early winter and fades as the weather improves.  An individual may feel depressed, irritable, lethargic, and have trouble waking up in the morning—especially when it’s still dark out.  So, it’s thought to occur when daily body rhythms become out-of-sync because of the reduced sunlight.  How can we beat the winter blues?  I am sharing ten of my top ideas to beat the winter blues today.

  1. Let natural light in.  Open blinds on those days when the sun is shining.  Natural light is a proven mood booster.  It can also help keep our body clocks regulated so we can sleep more soundly at night.
  2. Movie Marathon.  What better way to spend a weekend?  Get the cozy blankets, pillows, popcorn, and other treats ready for the ultimate movie marathon.  Catch up on the latest superhero movies or rewatch family favorites.
  3. Build a fort.  Once again dig out all the cozy blankets, pillows and build a fort big enough for the whole family.  Have an indoor campout.  Read books or play games in your fort.
  4. Host Game Night.  Maybe it’s family game night.  Or invite the neighbors over for fun.  Whoever it is, games are a great way to have fun.  Will it be time to learn a new game?  Or play a tried and true favorite?
  5. Cook together (or bake something).  Make plans to cook together.  It’s fun.  It’s active.  And hopefully, you have a great meal to share together.
  6. Rearrange furniture.  Give your family room a new perspective with a new furniture arrangement.
  7. Host a party.  Invite friends and/or neighbors over for a cocktail party, game night, chocolate, or when will winter end party?  What matters is being social and being around people.
  8. Visit friends.  Do you have friends who live out of town?  Make plans to go visit them.
  9. Weekend getaway.  Spend the weekend at a hotel to let the kids swim and you can hang out by the pool.
  10. Outdoor activities.  Put on warm clothes.  Layer up.  Get outside for some fun winter activities.  Try ice skating together.  Skiing or snowboarding is fun to try.  Go to the local sledding hill.  Build a snowman.  Or just a good old fashioned snowball fight.

What does your family do to beat the winter blues?  Would you add anything to the list?  Leave me a comment below.

 

All my best to you,

Heather

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