Are you bothered by the winter? Does it affect your mood?
It’s that time of year when we in the UK start to get a bit bothered by lack of sunlight and the long winter nights. S.A.D or Seasonal Affective Disorder can for some people create big problems once we change the clocks back to GMT. I took this picture a couple of days ago at Brasside, not far from Durham and noticed how misty and murky it looked. It reminded me to talk about how winter can affect our mood.
I for one find the winter nights bothersome and I wanted to share my best tips for beating winter blues:
1. Embrace the winter .. look for what you can enjoy this season. Light candles, have warm baths, warm drinks and snuggle up under a blanket. Or go out and enjoy Christmas markets and other winter festivities.
2. Get as much sunlight as you can.. when the weather is kind, be outdoors .. the more sunlight you get the more vitamin D you produce. Lack of vitamin D has been linked to S.A.D.
3. Eat well.. Eat fresh food and food high in nutrients. Take plenty of fluids especially water .. if it’s too cold to drink it fresh, try it warm with a slice of lemon or orange.
4. Make sure you have things to look forward to. Having joy in our lives is so important. Be with loved ones and friends, laugh and have fun. Book a night away or even a holiday. It doesn’t matter what you do so long as it’s something you love.
5. Remember this saying “This too shall pass” .. it’s only 5 weeks until the winter solstice .. and then the days start getting longer .. which means spring is on its way.