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Beat Those Winter Blues

It's totally normal to be a little depressed in the Winter. It's gray, the sun sets before dinner, and the cold weather can make you never want to leave your house. For some people, Winter can cause a serious condition called SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Symptoms can include feelings of depression, hopelessness, anxiety, social withdrawal, loss of energy, appetite changes, and oversleeping. Here are some ways to help beat the winter blues:

  • Purchase a sun lamp. Even artificial light can boost your spirit and inspire a sunny disposition.
  • Open your blinds and curtains to let what little light is outside shine in.
  • Have a bunch of houseplants or fresh-cut flowers in your home and workspace to remind you of Summer.
  • Practice yoga in a heated room. It feels great to be able to wear a tank top and sweat in the middle of Winter. Plus all the stretching will increase circulation and create endorphins to enhance your mood.
  • Find a way to embrace Winter. There are a bunch of different activities that involve snow so see which one appeals to you. You can ice skate, snowshoe, ski, snowboard, cross country ski or go sledding. Instead of pushing away Winter, if you can find a way to enjoy it, you'll be much happier.

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  • If cold weather is your mortal enemy, you can embrace Winter by staying indoors too. Find a hobby that you love, so you won't feel sad, lonely or bored if you're stuck inside. You can knit, quilt, scrapbook, play an instrument, bake, read, write, or do something else you love.
  • Take a vacation and go somewhere warm. It'll give you something to look forward to and a few days in the sun will make you feel happier.
  • See a therapist. Talking about your feelings with a professional can be beneficial. They might also recommend going to see a psychiatrist if they think medication might be necessary.

Dear's Advice: Keep in mind that there are only a few months until Spring!


Join The Conversation
Kaleighna Kaleighna 8 years
I love the cold weather, as long as it comes with snow.. if not, then it just sucks...
robins robins 9 years
yay it's summer where i'm at :). i hate the cold!!
omilawd omilawd 9 years
It was about 50 degrees out today, which is really weird for Ohio, but I digress... So I went for a nice walk and got some fresh air. It seriously made me feel so much better. :]
trixiefire trixiefire 9 years
I think 50% would not be an unfair estimate of the amount of people in the population of Seattle who are affected by SAD, especially because many are of Scandanavian descent (like myself), a group also heavily affected by SAD. For me, I have to embrace winter, and force myself to go outside and walk around even when its nasty outside. Opening the windows and exercising in a nicely heated room are good suggestions, too. Luckily right around now, the daffodils and crocuses are starting to come up (the ground rarely freezes here, luckily) and so it gives ya some hope that spring is on the way...
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I like to buy a bright new handbag to lift the winter blues!
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
I am seriously counting the hours until Summer...oh my gosh, I can't wait.
Tullia Tullia 9 years
call me crazy but I love the cold seasons and infact I get seriously depressed in the spring/summer.
Eternity Eternity 9 years
One of my favorite things to do here in winter is take a very hot bath with the bathroom window open. The steam rises off the tub and creates a sort of sauna effect. Its quite beautiful.
emalove emalove 9 years
A vacation sounds amazing...
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
All great ideas... Although I know personally I can't wait for spring to get here...
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