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For many people who live in cold regions, winter often comes with lower energy levels, a bad mood, and a tendency toward depression.
This combination is what is often referred to as the “winter blues.” If you feel this way in the winter, the good news is that there are things you can do to get rid of that feeling and improve your sense of well-being.
Start with the right mindset
Most people are not familiar with the Norwegian winter disposition. In Scandinavia, winter is often considered a season that people should enjoy.
Although this is an unusual perspective, it really helps to change How do people feel. That is why many Norwegians tend to greet winter with joy or equanimity, even though it snows farther than here.
Think of winter as the time to reconnect with friends and family, enjoy your favorite drinks, light or light bonfires, and get plenty of rest. This slight change in perspective, although small, can make a difference in how you approach winter and how you feel during the season.
Open the curtains
One of the main causes of depression or seasonal affective disorder during winter is a lack of vitamin D. And it’s not just winter. People who avoid the sun generally tend to be in a worse mood than those who spend time in the sun. That is due to low levels of vitamin D.
So, open the curtains and let in some of that sun when possible. If it’s cloudy and gloomy for days, consider taking some vitamin D3 supplements to replenish your vitamin D levels. This will help improve your mood and allow you to feel better.
Do more exercise
Many people use the snow outside as an excuse not to get their daily exercise during the winter. Fortunately, there is a tons of workouts you can do indoors without using any equipment. For example, there are push-ups, pull-ups, jumping rope, running in one place, jumping jacks, mountain climbing, and many more.
Pick one or more of these and combine them into an exercise routine. Do them for at least 15 minutes a day and increase your heart rate. Not only will this keep your health in tip-top shape, it will also put you in a better mood and keep you energized.
Listen to good music
Queue up some of your best tracks and listen to amazing music from your favorite artists. Music, by its very nature, moves and delights you. It is one of the simplest pleasures in life.
A good track can make you smile from ear to ear and move your body to the beat. People who listen to lovely music tend to be much happier and in a better mood than those who don’t. In fact, we recommend listening to good music at least once a day during the winter.
Go do fun things with friends
They can watch a movie together, hang out with friends, or just go out when the snow subsides. You can also do fun things indoors. For example, look for a fun challenge like Tiktok dance 2021 or something similar and participate.
There is always some fun challenge on social media. Join in and have fun with your friends while you do it. If you can’t be in the same place at the same time, everyone can do it virtually. They can use Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom together and just hang out. Some friends call each other when they are about to eat and eat together virtually. You can do that too.
If you have a backyard or a fireplace, then you should definitely get a little fire going. The warmth and glow of a fire can lift your spirits and improve your mood. This is important even when you have a heater in the house.
Studies have shown that campfires help you relax while promoting healthy relationships. It may be a small thing, but it is worth it. Just be sure to take all the necessary precautions while building the fire and remember to put the fire out completely before bed.
For many people, spending all that time indoors during winter often results in inactivity. Instead of being inactive, how about being more active and busy during this period? People who are busy they tend to be happier regardless of the season.
Write down a list of activities you can do or participate in and go for them. Besides work, make sure you have other things to do in your life. For example, if you can afford it, travel to sunny climates like Spain or Portugal during the winter.
These tips will help you feel much better during the winter.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism