It's not always easy to get through the winter. The weather is colder, we’re more prone to getting sick, and our bodies tend to feel thrown off compared to the rest of the year. We’re also more likely to experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD). However, there are a few important things you can do to improve your mood and get yourself through the rough winter season.
Exercise can lower your risk of seasonal affective disorder, as well as boost your mood. While outdoor exercises are the most recommended form, the weather can make it difficult to get out for a walk or jog. If the weather is cold, use indoor exercise equipment at the local gym or at home workouts to keep yourself active. A consistent workout regimen can also help reduce weight gain that commonly happens during the winter.
Get More Sunshine
Get as much sunshine as you can throughout the day. Be sure to go outdoors when it's warmest and when the sun is brightest. If you’d rather stay indoors, get as much natural light in your home or office as you can. Natural light and bright environments can reduce seasonal affective disorder and boost your productivity throughout the day.
Keep a Schedule
The winter season often leads to difficulties with sleeping patterns. Try going to bed and waking up at the same times every day while ensuring you’re getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Keeping a regular schedule can improve your quality of sleep so you’ll feel well rested each day. It will also expose your body to light at consistent times, which can help boost your overall mood.
Increase your Vitamin D Intake
Low levels of vitamin D are related to seasonal affective disorder which can cause fatigue, muscle pain, and other symptoms that can affect your day to day. Your immune system is also more likely to be affected if your vitamin D levels are low. Consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement to boost the benefits of this remedy. Before taking any supplements, talk to your doctor to see if this would be the right course of action for you.
Stick to a healthy diet
Sometimes, the winter season can leave you craving more sugar and refined carbohydrates than you normally do. Do your best not to give in to the cravings! Instead, eat a healthy diet that can boost your serotonin levels by including more vegetables, fruits, protein, and healthy fats. You don’t need to give up carbs completely, healthy carbs paired with protein can also boost your serotonin.