TACKLING WINTER BLUES
Changes in the environment around us are known to have an impact on our moods. Be it simply the weather on a particular day, where rains could be a welcome change for some, others might be dreading the rain, feeling dull and low in the process. Experiencing such changes during transitioning seasons is also a common phenomenon.
For some people, the onset of winters is often associated with individuals feeling ‘the blues’, where the person feels low and down in the dumps, and doesn’t feel like stepping outside, especially during the cold wintry times. A person experiencing the winter blues could be having low moods, lethargy and fatigue, and a tendency to avoid going out of the house.
Points which you could keep in mind which could help an individual in tackling winter blues could be as follows:
Make a conscious effort to be bright and cheerful.
Typically, the winter blues are associated with dullness, darkness and gloom. Therefore, when winter is approaching, it could be helpful if you redo the room, put bright lights and cheerful colour around the house. You could make a garden, ensuring there are colourful and bright blossoms throughout winter, to add to your cheer.
Despite of the lethargy, it is important to incorporate regular physical activity as a part of the routine, even in winters. Ensuring regular physical exercise on a daily basis, preferably stepping out of the house for a change in environment is also helpful.
Increase outdoor involvement.
Especially when the winter season is responsible for you feeling dull, it is all the more important to force yourself to step out of the house, and be involved in outdoor engagements as much as possible, and frequently, even if for short durations during the day, especially to maximize exposure to sunlight as much as possible.
Wake up early in the mornings.
Winter is known to induce a sense of laziness in us, with most of us struggling to be able to get out of the comforts of our warm beds in the morning. However, in order to deal with these winter blues, it is essential to get ourselves out of bed early in the morning itself. This is to ensure we avoid falling into the pattern of lazing all day, which is likely in turn to only add to our feeling blue throughout the day.
Be socially active.
Do not avoid going out of the house. Even if it means forcing yourself, make a conscious effort to be involved in social engagements. And try and plan for such engagements in advance, so it reduces the chances of you dropping out at the last moment.
Take out time for yourself.
Despite of the impact the season has on us, we must not neglect our own self. We have the right to give priority to our self and our needs, so as to ensure we are able to stay healthy enough to remain capable of fulfilling our roles and responsibilities with justice.
If you make an effort to find opportunities to smile and laugh often, not only would this help lighten your mood, but it will also have a positive effect on the others around you. This is the cheapest and easiest stress-buster ever!