You may be surprised to hear it, but Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a real condition and it’s not uncommon for people to get the blues during the winter months.  If you feel that happening to you, here are a few simple things you can do to keep your spirits up.

  • Move! – When the temperature outside plummets, it can be all too tempting to just stay under the warm covers, but making yourself get up and move around is key to preventing depression from setting in. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you get up and start moving!
  • Pleasant distractions – When you feel the wintertime blues creeping up on you, one great way to keep them at bay is to consciously plan some fun activity to treat yourself with. It could be anything from reconnecting with a friend you haven’t seen in far too long, to a cup of hot chocolate from your favorite coffee shop, or anything else that will bring a smile to your face.  Just give yourself a little treat as a distraction.
  • Talk it out – A good conversation might not be able to fix all the world’s problems, but sometimes, just the simple act of sitting down and having a great conversation can chase the blues away.
  • It’s a matter of perspective – When the wintertime blues start encroaching, it’s all too easy to focus on what’s going wrong in your life. When you feel negativity beginning to take root, press pause, take a deep breath and flip the script.  Focus on, and take stock of the good things in your life.  It’s amazing what even just a little positive thinking can do!
  • Make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D! When the sun goes away for the winter, the body misses out on this important vitamin that the sun provides. This not only causes depression in some people, but it decreases the immune system’s ability to fight off viruses and infections. There are multiple ways you can get Vitamin D, including vitamins, drinking milk, or eating certain vegetables!

The bottom line is, you don’t have to let the winter weather get you down.  There are things you can do to improve your outlook, disposition, and mood!