During the winter, many of us are affected negatively by the cold weather and the lack of sunshine. Add in the post-Christmas slump – where we may have spent to much over Christmas and are now feeling the aftermath of it, and you can see why depression and anxiety are more commonplace at this time of the year.
If you want to beat the blues and start to feel better, there are some things that you can do that will help you with this. Here are some of them…
Eat Healthily – Many people overindulge at Christmas or vow to go on a diet that doesn’t really stick in January. Eating healthily however is more than dieting, it is a lifestyle choice. In the winter, keeping the body healthy and getting all of the vitamins that you need is essential for both a healthy mind and a healthy body. Eating the right vitamins can help to keep winter bugs like the flu away too.
Vegetables are perfect at this time of the year, and there are lots of things that you can make that are made with seasonal produce and packed full of nutrients.
Take up a Hobby – Doing something that you enjoy can help you to relax and focus your mind on something positive. Some hobbies are particularly good at reducing stress levels – for example knitting is one of these. You can get knitting kits online from shops like Wool Couture and there are plenty of tutorials to show you how it’s done. If you want to socialise and get out more, why not join a club that is related to your hobby, so that you can talk to others who have the same interests as you?
Exercise – It is well known that exercising can help to diminish feelings of stress and boost your brain’s endorphins – the hormones that make you feel good. There are lots of things that you can do to exercise – whether you want to do yoga in your living room, join a local sports team, head to the gym or go swimming. Spending some time doing exercise is a great way to keep fit and to give your mind a boost of happiness too!