by Rosita Chakardan
Staying chipper in the cold winter months can seem a lot to ask for. With a few tips on how to make the best of this frosty season, you too can beat the winter blues.
Bask in the morning sun
As hard as it may be to get out of your warm bed first thing in the morning to go outside, you may see an improvement in your mood if you soak up the rays. Regardless of the strength of the morning sun, your body craves the early bright. Some benefits of getting just 10 to 15 minutes of sunlight include improved sleep, elevated mood, and lowered blood pressure.
Eat foods rich in vitamin D
Vitamin D has many benefits, such as fighting disease, helping with calcium absorption, regulating body weight, and reducing depression. For those months that the sun isn’t strong enough to provide you with your daily dose of vitamin D, try looking in your refrigerator. Some foods rich in vitamin D are wild-caught fish, egg yolk, shiitake mushrooms, yogurt, and almond milk.
Get a massage
Being touched during times of vulnerability, feeling cold, sickness, or depression can really add a sense of comfort and warmth. A massage can not only help with tense muscles, but it can also restore your emotional balance in the midst of the winter blues.
Nothing seems more comforting than cuddling up on the couch in a warm blanket, sipping on a hot beverage, and watching Netflix. To avoid feelings of loneliness and isolation that may creep up on us during the winter months, make sure to keep up with social activities. Granted, you may want to focus on more indoor and at-home oriented activities, but the interaction with others is the key factor.
Remember happy experiences
Fond memories can help elicit feelings of happiness in your system. Your brain relives those fond times and as a result, makes your body feel more comfortable and at ease. The mind is a powerful tool that can be used to evoke warm and fuzzy feelings to keep you going during the winter months.