Keeping your spirits up during the colder months
With the weather turning colder and the days shorter, our thoughts turn to things to warm both the inside and the outside – body and spirit, if you will. A long stretch of dreary days can test the most upbeat temperament, but there are ways to stave off the winter blues and keep ticking over until spring.
First and foremost, take care of your health over the cold months. Nothing drags down even the most indomitable spirit faster than a cold or flu bug that won’t abate.
Call your doctor for a chat about an annual flu jab, and see what you can do to boost your immune system, and keep on trucking through the worst and bleakest winter days.
Have a chat with your chemist as well, and find out what supplements you can take during winter – there’s lots of natural goodies out there that will help your immunity and tweak your moods.
Seasonal affective disorder is, according to the Mayo Clinic, a type of depression related to the change in seasons. It’s more common during winter, as there is less access to sunlight, but on rare occasions can occur during spring or summer.
There are a few things you can do if it feels like you have more than a touch of the winter blues. Talk to your health professional first, and go from there.
Light therapy is one possibility – a special light box that mimics natural outdoor light, and can possibly alleviate symptoms of SAD. Medication is another possibility but again, talk to your doctor first.
There’s a lot to enjoy in the colder months – cosy fires on cold, wet nights; warm blankets, scarves and gloves – but when the weather really settles in to an extended period of bleakness, it can be hard to remember that spring will eventually come. If you’re just feeling a little bit down, exercise some self-care; make your favourite hot drink, queue up your favourite summer-themed movie or TV show – or dig up a favourite book set in hot climates – curl up with a big fluffy blanket, and let yourself dream.