How To Cure The Winter Blues (or at least not let them get the best of you)
Okay, okay, okay, it’s that time of year again. If you live in the north, this post is especially for you. For those of you in the south, um, I guess what I am about to discuss is never ever a problem for you? pffffft.
Hey remember that big old ball of fire that used to shine down on you when you were walking around in shorts or sitting in the sand at the beach or whatever you liked doing in the Summer? Yes I am talking about the Sun. Remember it?
(Actually this year it has been quite sunny for Fall going into Winter. I’ve been presently surprised.)
Aside the point!
The point is, it is now Winter, and the Sun is slowly becoming more and more stand offish as the days go on. Also, the days are way to short, and some are reallllyyyyyy dark.
I have always drawn some connection between the darkness of Winter, and the darkness that I end up experiencing internally during the Winter. I then discovered that there really was a connection, and that there is this thing called Seasonal Affective Disorder. I also learned that many people, even those who do not suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, do get negatively affected by the lack of sun during the Winter months.
It took me several years of getting horribly depressed in the Winter to realize, ohh it’s not just me, it is the lack of sun. So simple right?
Well actually it is kind of simple, and there are some simple things you can try out to help yourself get through the Winter.
Funny story: My Grandma slips liquid Vitamin D drops into my Grandpas food in the Winter. lol. He wont try anything like that on his own, and in fact refuses that he even needs to in the first place. Grandma feels differently, and thus solves the problem by drugging Grandpa.
Anyway! Here are some ideas:
Might as well start with Vitamin D!!!!
1. Vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) – take a vitamin D supplement in the Winter, or better yet, get that liquid stuff my Grandma uses.
2. Sunlamps – invest in a sunlamp! sit by the sunlamp. Magic.
3. Tanning beds – k I know it sounds weird, but my friend turned me on to this idea. Using a tanning bed in really small doses, like 2 – 5 mins, has a similar affect as the sunlamp. You aren’t in there long enough to turn orange or get cancer, but you do get a little burst of fake sun and heat, and it feels really nice. Plus, its a really odd experience going to the tanning salon, so that is sort of a fun activity for the day.
4. Savour the sun – The sun doesn’t visit much anymore, so when it does come around, be sure to get out and enjoy it. Quick, get off facebook, stop watching youtube, quit your job, whatever! Stand outside in the sun for a couple minutes, or if you can go for walk. Feel the sunshine on your skin.
5. Let’s see, is there a 5th one? Go on a Vacation? If you can I guess that could be an option. No, okay so there is no solid 5th option, but, overall, just remember that you aren’t going crazy. If you feel blue, try to remind yourself that it could be the season affecting you…
Hope this was helpful!
Also, I still can’t tell if anyone reads this blog, but if there is some reading these words, I would like to encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments. Any tips for Winter Blues??
Happy Winter to you!