When your mood and energy levels are plummeting along with the temperature outside, you will want to try these mood-boosting tips! Wintertime blues are all too real, and you don’t need to sit around and let the blues ruin your season. Instead, try these 7 scientifically proven ways to beat the wintertime blues!
7 Scientifically Proven Ways to Beat Wintertime Blues
1. Create a Bright Environment
Open your blinds and curtains to let in the light. Sit by the window as much as possible to get some extra sunlight.
Getting as much natural sunlight as possible is known to make you feel better. In fact, natural sunlight has mood-boosting benefits which can combat the wintertime blues.
If you have trouble letting natural light into your home, you can try a light box instead. A light box is an artificial light which simulates natural light.
2. Eat a Diet Full of Mood Enhancing Foods
Try eating mood enhancing foods such as fruits, veggies, saffron, dark chocolate, and coconut. For the full list and to learn why these foods can enhance your mood, read 6 Foods That Make You Feel Happy and Are Good For You!
Furthermore, drink more herbal teas! Studies show that drinking caffeinated oolong, black, or green teas will evoke a more alert and positive state of mind. Research indicates that theanine found in the tea works synergistically to enhance attention and focus.
3. Get in Your Exercise
Don’t skimp out on exercising just because it’s cold outside.
A recent study conducted by Harvard University shows that lack of exercise is directly linked to depression.
If you don’t like to go out in the wintertime, there are still ways to workout at home. In fact, there are lots of online courses to try.
For yogis, try free, online yoga websites. Being a yogi myself, I’ve searched the internet for the best instructors and websites which offer a variety of free, full-length yoga sessions. Take a look at these recent posts, The Very Best and Free Online Full-Length Yoga Workouts – Part One and The Very Best and Free Online Full-Length Yoga Workouts – Part Two.
There is a class for everyone. Plus, there are other types of workouts on some of the sites, such as aerobics, dance routines, and weight training.
4. Sing Along With the Music
Don’t forget to sing! According to research, listening to upbeat music is good for lifting depression and wintertime blues.
Furthermore, singing can reduce stress, anxiety, and even help to prevent heart problems.
Basically, singing is good for your overall health and well-being!
5. Plan a Trip
Beat the wintertime blues with a short voyage! Do you remember the last time you planned a trip or vacation? Did not just the planning make you feel good and better your mood?
It doesn’t have to be a full-length vacation. Go on an overnight trip to somewhere you’ve been wanting to explore. Do you have a hobby such as antiquing? Find a local, small town which features antique shops. How about sight seeing? Even though it’s wintertime, there are still plenty of things to go and see and to do─muesams, art exhibits, concerts, etc.
And, of course, there’s always skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing!
Your local community centers, animal shelters, hospitals, retirement homes, and even parks are always are looking for good volunteers.
Volunteering is satisfying and can help to beat the wintertime blues for yourself, and for others.
If you are not sure where to start, Volunteer Match brings local people together with volunteering oppertunities.
7. Get Outdoors
It seems even when we do have spare time, it is spent surfing the internet, playing games, or watching TV! A recent study shows that 25% of people are spending less time in nature than they did 20 years ago.
Spending time outdoors is essential to good mental health which will combat the wintertime blues. It even promotes physical activity which will help you get in some extra exercise. It can reduce anxiety, improve focus and brighten your mood. Furthermore, it gives you a sense of belonging and can make you feel more alive.
To learn why it is important to spend some time outdoors, read A Connection With Nature─How To Heal Your Mind.
Wintertime blues are avoidable! Don’t get stuck in a rut! We hope that these tips can help you to beat your wintertime blues!
Do you have any fun ways to beat the blues? Let us know in the comments.
Furthermore, if you found these tips helpful, share the article with your friends!
Robin and the Zen team.
Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.
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