The fewer hours of sunlight and colder temperatures every day can make us feel emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted. SAD (Seasonal Affection Disorder) is very common during the winter, leaving most of us feeling sluggish, blue, and irritable. Fortunately, there are some ways on how to stay cheerful during the long and dark winter months.
1. Get regular exercise
In winter most people are inclined to hibernate under cozy blankets with a cup of hot cocoa, but it will not do anything for our mood. Exercises release endorphins in your brain that can make you feel happy, and a regular workout routine will help you stay cheerful this winter.
2. Take a walk
I know it’s so hard to get outside during the chilly winter months, but try to take a short walk especially during the daylight hours, even if it’s cold! The dose of Vitamin D from the sunshine and fresh air will help keep you healthy and happy.
3. Eat well
If you want to create a sense of warmth and inner peace at home why not cook some nourishing meals? Incorporate a large number of seasonal vegetables and fruits into your meals in order to boost your mood. You can also experiment with some new recipes or a comforting menu of family favorites.
4. Be more social
Friendships can provide the support you need to live a fulfilling and balanced life. If you feel depressed why not meet with your best friends?
Sharing funny stories and laughing can lift your spirits at once and give you a fresh perspective. If you don’t have an opportunity to meet with your friends then call them.
5. Focus on the positive things
It’s one of the most effective ways to stay cheerful during this winter season. Take time in the evening or even in the morning to make a list of things you are thankful for.
Researches show that increasing happiness can help combat depression. There’s no space for the negative when you focus only on the positive things in your life.
6. Buy a full spectrum lamp
If you feel really depressed during the winter months, advise your doctor on buying a lightbox, which gives off full-spectrum lighting that mimics the natural sunlight. Light therapy is one of the effective treatments for SAD! This full spectrum lamp can help you to stay cheerful this winter!
7. Enjoy the season
Rather than spend your energy and time complaining about the bad chilly weather, you should find some positive advantages of the winter season. Try to enjoy this season! Catch up on your reading, improve your health through spiritual practice, or put on one of your favorite sweaters and have a cup of tea, hot cocoa, or cider.
These are all tips for staying cheerful during the winter season. What are some ways you stay cheerful during this season? Share your thoughts, please!