Do you like winter? This contributed posts details how to beat the winter blues.
Winter is fast approaching and, for many, it’s a time of festivity, cheer, and family. However, not everyone has such a jolly time of the holidays or the long, cold stretch that comes after it. The season comes with a lot of stress, anxiety, and depression, too. Many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, where it seems like winter just inexplicably brings the blues. However, there are plenty of reasons that many can pinpoint as to why the cold, dark months just rub them the wrong way. If you find that winter gets you down more than you would like, it might be due to a few reasons, in particular.
Keeping on top of it all
For a lot of people, winter manifests itself as a lot of work to be done above anything else. Celebrating the holidays with the family can be wonderful, but it might also mean a lot of presents to buy, a lot of food to prepare, a lot of decorating to do around the house. Many also have to think about travel in order to make the visits they feel are mandatory when the season rolls around. If you commonly find you’re running around, trying to keep up with a ‘to-do’ list, a professional organizer might be able to help with a lot of the nitty-gritty. Not just helping you plot out your time, but even putting up decorations and sending out holiday cards. Otherwise, it might be worth taking it easy and scaling back some of your plans or delegating here and there to the people you will be sharing the holiday season with.
Weathering through it
The weather is more than enough to get a lot of people glum. For many, the appeal of snow lasts for all of a few days before the accompanying cold, wet, and wind spoil the experience. But it’s worst of all when it seems like you can’t get away from it. At the very least, make sure your home is protected against it. Take the time to make sure your water heater is working fine, that your pipes are insulated, and visit Dennis and Sons Roofing as well as investigating any air leaks in the home that can make the winter chill feel like a permanent feature of the home. It should be obvious that no-one is going to enjoy the season if it feels like they’re constantly exposed to it. Make sure you have enough winter clothes in preparation for heading out, too.
Feeling closed in
Indeed, it might be easy to simply stay in and go into a semi-hibernating state when the holiday hits. However, as indulgent as it seems, the truth is that the slack in our healthy living habits is also a big cause of mental trouble in the winter. Look at WebMD for ideas on how to keep up your exercise routine during the winter. Indulge in the holidays, but try to balance it with a much healthier diet before and after. Perhaps most importantly, don’t let yourself get isolated. Make time for friends and family, even if the weather seems to want to keep you away and locked indoors.
Perhaps you take issue with one of the points above in particular, or perhaps you feel like a mix of them contribute. But, you might be able to do more to combat the seasonal stress than you think. Give the solutions named a try and, if they don’t work, try talking to your doctor.