Our Tips for Fighting the Winter Blues

Woman looking pensive through a window into the snowy exterior

Even though winter is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, it isn’t uncommon to have a strong case of the winter blues. Whether the holidays themselves are causing you to feel depressed, anxious or stressed, or you have seasonal affective disorder (SAD), there are lots of valid reasons you might be feeling the way you are. This December, Nantucket Gate Blog is sharing our favorite ways to combat seasonal depression.

 

If you really think you might have seasonal affective disorder, this article from Mayo Clinic might help. Additionally, Real Simple and Medicine Net have great suggestions for those dealing with something maybe a little bit less genetic but equally as real. Here are a few ideas we pulled from these articles. Perhaps you can apply these tips as you spend time inside and outside your Tacoma, WA apartment

Set Goals and Expectations For The Holidays

Before the holidays begin, take some time to acknowledge what you want to get out of them and how you want to participate during them. If you enjoy the amount of alcohol and food that is available during this season, find ways you can enjoy them without overconsuming. Before you let the stress of gift-giving pressure you into overspending or going into debt, set your budget and let yourself know it’s okay if the gifts you choose aren’t as large as you wanted them to be. If it’s hard for you to be around your family members, don’t force yourself to spend more time around them than is healthy for you in your personal circumstances. Whatever you might anticipate making your holidays less cheery than they’re supposed to be, take some time to prepare beforehand and adjust your expectations accordingly.

Get Enough Light

Exposure to light positively affects brain chemicals that contribute to a better mood. Since there is less light in the winter, make sure to consciously find ways to expose yourself to it. Obviously the best form of light is natural light, so consider either spending some time outside. If you can’t be in the natural light, don’t worry. Spending time to sit next to an artificial light has shown to improve mood.

Take Care of Your Mind and Body

While you should do this all year round, make an extra special effort to take care of your physical and mental health. Rather than waiting until New Years to set new exercise goals, reevaluate old ones now and try to participate in some form of physical activity multiple times a week. If you’re looking for ways to engage your mind, try doing some yoga or meditation; even making a conscious effort to listen to soothing music can help. If you feel like you need more help than you’re getting, consider speaking with a health representative.

 

How do you combat a bad case of the winter blues? Let our apartment community know by leaving a comment below. Thanks for reading our post, and may you have a happy and healthy winter!