Cooler weather, cloudy rainy days and longer nights - these are all signs that the seasons are changing. As the seasons change, so can our moods. Many of us tend to spend more time inside and at home during the colder months, but there are still many ways to stay active and connected.
Staying upbeat during the cooler months can be a challenge. The shortened days, the drop in temperature, the longer darker nights, all play a part in our daily moods. By choosing or creating activities, and making a plan to stay in contact with friends and family, you are being proactive in combating the “winter blues”.
Going out when it is cold, rainy or snowing can be a difficult task for anyone. This can make it challenging to stay in touch with family and friends. Luckily there are many apps that allow you to have a video chat, which t is a great way to keep in touch face to face when you can’t be there in person. Make a weekly or monthly date with one or more friends and family where you can all get together for a chat and stay connected.
When the weather cooperated, get outside!. There’s nothing like good old fashioned sunshine and fresh air to boost your spirits. Going for a walk, sitting in the park, or even in your own backyard can make the dreary days easier to manage.
Now is a great time to start or continue a hobby. Many times during the warmer months, our hobbies get forgotten because we are engaging in activities outside. The cooler months are perfect for getting back into them.
Stay active. It can be hard when it’s cold and dreary outside to even get out of bed, but this is where you become proactive. Keep moving, keep active.
With the days becoming shorter, our exposure to sunlight becomes less. Vitamin D is sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin” because your skin produces it in response to sunshine. Vitamin D can become depleted in the darker months so upping your Vitamin D intake can go a long way to boosting your mood.
The days can be dark and dreary, but your house doesn’t have to be. Small lamps or overhead lights can go a long way in lifting your mood.
Talk It Out
If you are struggling with your mood or your emotions, reach out and talk to someone. Sometimes just talking about what you are experiencing can change the way you feel. We are all human and need interaction and connection.