In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.Albert Camus
So its winter again and I’ve noticed a lot of people around me are feeling a bit blue and down (me included!) We all know that the shorter days and lack of sunlight and that is just too flipping cold to be out all day is affecting us.
But how do we stay happy and healthy during these winter months???
I’ve got 3 great tips for you to help……
1. Make sure you get out the house at least once a day
We can persuade ourselves that it’s better to stay inside and watch TV when it’s this cold but doing this can get you stuck in a rut and really suck you into your depression.
I have dogs so I have a good excuse to get out and walk them around the park, and I always feel great after it.
But if you don’t have dogs and think you have nowhere to go, try just getting out and walking to the shops (even if you don’t need anything), it could only be a 10 min walk but it breaks a pattern of doing nothing and gets you in the fresh air.
Also the sunshine will give you that essential vitamin D we need to feel good (even if it’s a bit cloudy)!!
2. Take your Omega 3’s
These have been linked to helping depression and other inflammatory diseases according to Stephen Llardi.
He is a depression expert and has really helped me understand what affects depression symptoms and simple ways to help.
You can watch his Ted Talk HERE.
This is the one most important thing that lifts our moods and I don’t think I need to go into the science here, we have been hearing about it for years.
But it’s one of those things that we know is so good for us but we just can’t be bothered to fit into our lives (well I’m like that anyway lol).
If you want to get better and lift your mood, it’s essential.
Just walking around the park once a day is enough. Or you could join a class in something you enjoy, like dance with a friend for that extra commitment.
There are so many other ways we can help ourselves and ease our depression in the winter, especially looking after you and eating well.
Let me know in the comments below if you have any other tips to staying happy in the winter.