Winter can be very depressing. The days are shorter, the weather is cold and nasty, and we typically have to change our plans based on the weather being unpredictable. Sometimes, many of us wish we could just (like the Christmas poem says) take a long winter’s nap.
However, while the blues may be common, they don’t have to ruin your winter. Remember, however, that depression is a medical problem and if you think you may be depressed, then have your parents take you to the doctor. If you suffer from mild depression during the winter, then these tips should help. Practice them as preventive advice, meaning don’t wait until winter has given you the blues.
Lean On Your Friends
Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in a cycle of depression. We feel lonely or isolated and can’t seem to snap out of it. And, in the winter, it’s much easier to feel isolated because of the cold and unpredictable weather.
One way to beat the winter blues is to involve your friends more in your life. If you are feeling down, then text or call a friend. Go out and see him or her. It’s always good to be around other people, vent, and have some fun. Reach out to your friends. They may be going through the winter blues themselves.
Leave Your House
It’s easy to feel isolated during the winter. It’s not like you can go and hang outside all evening like the summer. Plus, in really cold and snowy weather, it’s hard to get up the energy to even leave the house. Those of us in snowy areas know how it’s possible to be stuck in the house for days at a time.
When the weather breaks, make sure to get out. Go to the mall, hit a Starbucks, do anything that gets your butt out of the house and somewhere that is among people. If you can get in the fresh air for a bit, that’s even better.
Laugh (A Lot)
It’s hard to be upset while you’re laughing. Find a way to laugh, especially on the particularly dark, cold, and depressing winter days. Watch your favorite funny movie or TV show, look at funny videos on YouTube, read funny articles, be around friends who make you laugh, etc. Laughter makes us feel better and relieves stress. That’s even more important in the winter.
Exercise is a natural anti-depressant and can help boost a person’s mood. Exercising in the winter can be tough too because of the weather and the tendency to lie around. However, resist the urge to sit on your butt and play video games all winter long.
Join a gym, take up skiing, use your dad’s treadmill, or find another way of getting active and moving. By exercising you are increasing the brain chemicals in your brain that make you happy.
So, these tips should help you beat the winter blues. Don’t suffer through the winter. Our tips should help you have a happier and more fun filled winter.