Tips On How To Overcome The Winter Blues

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The clocks went back an hour at the weekend, and this brought darker evenings. Along with Winter comes the Winter blues, which is also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It can affect people of any age, including children. Symptoms of SAD are similar to other forms of depression, including feelings of hopelessness, lack of concentration, and social withdrawal. Other signs of the Winter blues include craving carbohydrates, sleeping more than usual, and having little motivation.

Tips On How To Overcome The Winter Blues

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Here are some ways in which to help you overcome the Winter blues.

Overcoming the Winter Blues

  • Get active – A walk around the middle of the day when the light is the greatest is a good way to help beat the Winter blues. Heading to the pool for a swim is another good way for getting active. Simply Swim is a great form of exercise to get fit. You can allow for an extra mince pie as you would have burnt off the extra calories!
  • Start a new hobby – Winter is the perfect time to start a new hobby like keeping a bullet journal, crochet or blogging. It will keep your mind active.

bullet journal

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  • See friends and family – Go out of your way and arrange meet ups with friends and family that you haven’t seen in a while. Socialising is good for your mental health and will help to keep the Winter blues away. It’s a good time to accept invitations to Christmas parties.
  • Look at your diet – A healthy diet should emphasise vegetables, fruit, protein sources, and healthy fats, but you don’t have to completely give up eating carbohydrates.

Tips On How To Overcome The Winter Blues

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  • Talk it through – It’s always good to talk. You can join a support group and or talk to friends and family. Getting your thoughts and feelings out makes the problem so much easier to deal with. You can also find a therapist or mental health counsellor with ThriveTalk.com.

 

What are your tips for beating the Winter blues?

As always I love to read your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by today.

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9 Comments

  1. Teresa sheldon
    November 11, 2018 / 4:57 pm

    Some great advice here, every year I suffer with the winter blues going to put some of your tips into practise, think I might try and invest in a su rise lamp too as these sound great, thanks for your tips xx

  2. Rebecca Whatmore
    November 10, 2018 / 6:25 am

    Some great ideas – thank you!

  3. November 4, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    I’ve also got a sunrise lamp. It really helps on those cold, dark mornings.

  4. Bev
    November 3, 2018 / 9:06 am

    Well! After reading this the other day I suspect my DOG is suffering! Bless her.

  5. Rosemary Tily
    November 3, 2018 / 8:05 am

    Particularly as you get older and retired it is sometimes difficult to motivate yourself to actually leave the house although it’s important to do so. Winter is a time to spend hours enjoying our many indoor hobbies (reading, knitting, computing and entering competitions) all in the cosy environment of home, especially these days when we can do most of our shopping on line. Having actually left the house, sometimes under protest ” I haven’t got time for a walk” I actually return feeling more invigorated and refreshed and realise just how I’ve have enjoyed the outing and resolve to do it more often.

  6. Samantha O'D
    November 1, 2018 / 5:56 pm

    Some great tips, taking up new hobbies is a great idea

  7. Margaret GALLAGHER
    October 31, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    HEALTHY body HEALTHY mind – great suggestions

  8. Jo m welsh
    October 31, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    Some good tips getting outside is a must for me.

  9. bev
    October 31, 2018 / 9:27 am

    some great tips – thank you

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