I guess everyone of us knows how it feels like to wake up in the dark, waiting for the sky to become a little less grey and a little brighter. And before you’re even finished your to-do’s for the day, it’s getting dark again. The winter months are pretty exhausting, dark and grey – no wonder that we tend to be depressed, tired and powerless.
Winter depression or winter blues is nothing to be ashamed of and every 4th of us, has it between autumn and spring. It’s also called seasonal depression or light deficiency. Because of the low daylight we get in winter, we have a lack of vitamin D. The symptoms of this vitamin deficiency are concentration difficulties, a weak immune system, depression, fatigue etc..
But how do we get out of this tired and depressing phase? Today I have 6 tips for you, that help me to beat the winter blues. These tips will help you to live your daily life as happy, fit and balanced as it should be.
1. Structure your daily life
Whether it’s winter depression or a general crisis: a structure is the most important things in situations like this. A clear structure keeps our everyday life running and brings us easily through difficult times. Try hard to stick to your plan, and if you’re feeling really bad, structure every single hour. A regular routine, with a lot of activities, will help you to be energetic, productive and happy again.
2. Fresh air and daylight
Something you should definitely incorporate into your daily routine is spending time outdoors, enjoying the daylight and fresh air. Try to catch as much of it as possible. Walk instead of going by car or train, go out during your lunch break, open the windows more often. You will immediately notice that your fatigue fades and your state of mind improve.
3. A balanced, vitamin-rich diet
That our diet has a significant influence of our emotions, metabolism and mental condition, is no secret anymore. I always notice that I feel much better when I eat healthy, nourishing and vitamin-rich food. I feel fitter, more energetic and above all: more positive. If I eat some bad foods for a few days, like sweets or a lot of processed food – I often feel lazy and tired. If you’re looking for some healthy and easy recipes, check out my recipe category.
4. Workout vs. Winter Blues
Yep, I know. Working out in the winter months is much more difficult than in summer. But it’s a fact, that working out is the best weapon against winter blues. If you don’t feel like it, just do a little 15 minute workout at home or try out a yoga tutorial. Everyone of us has at least 15 minutes a day, don’t you agree? For more motivation tips, you can browse my fitness category.
5. Relaxation and Me-time
Take a break, take time for yourself! If I have a really bad day, I like to take a hot bath with lavender. Afterwards, I cuddle up on the couch with a good book and a hot tea. Relax a little and go offline for a while.
6. Time together
Even if you may don’t feel like it, it’s important to spend time with your loved ones. Meet friends, visit your family, plan a nice date with your loved one.