It’s usually after the holidays that the winter depression starts to haunt us. This year, get a head start on beating winter depression with these tips from Rachelle Jones, a Rexburg healthcare provider.
Wear Bright Colors
Winter is drab enough as it is when the sleet and hail start falling, so dress it up! Wear bright colors – colors that you enjoy – to trick your brain into thinking it’s nicer out than it actually is. Bright colors are associated with happy feelings and spring, so use that to your advantage!
Get that Vitamin D
Since the sun doesn’t like to show its face to us much in the winter, we need to find alternative methods of obtaining our vitamin D. Many diseases are associated with low vitamin D, and getting sick definitely doesn’t help with depression. You can find vitamin D at your local grocery story in pill form. It is also found in many food items – salmon, tuna, sardines, eggs, yogurt, milk, and some cereals.
Make a List
Making lists and checking items off helps people feel more productive – or realize how productive they are. Since you aren’t going out as much in the winter as you do in the summer, use this time to make a list of things that you can do indoors – such as some deep cleaning that you’ve wanted to get done, new books or movies that you want to catch up on, or anything that you’ve been wanting to do but just haven’t gotten around to.
Surround Yourself with Optimism
Positivity is contagious. Keep yourself surrounded by positive people this winter to avoid falling into the depths of depression. Likewise, avoid negative people. You don’t need people who are constantly dragging you down. Stay in positive company, and you’ll find yourself happier and healthier.
Start a Project
With the downtime that winter often affords us, it is a great time to start a new project. Is there an indoor home improvement you’ve been wanting to make? Or maybe a craft project you’ve been wanting to start for more than a year? Now is the perfect time to start. And starting this new project that you’ve been waiting for will help you feel more productive and satisfied with the things that you achieve.
When you catch yourself getting depressed this winter, take a little power nap, get up, and keep yourself busy. Find new things to do, things that you’ve been wanting to do, dress up, and be a go-getter.