Every year around this time, I seem to get hit with the winter blues. It drags down my emotions, my energy and makes it hard for me to want to get off of my couch. I feel exhausted, sad, and drained. I think that my feelings are due to the change in season and due to the fact that we don't seem to get much sunshine in our transition to winter. I thought I would write about a few things that help pull me out of my melancholic state.
1.) Go for a walk. This one is not my favourite because it requires a lot of effort on my part. When I am suffering from the winter blues, the last thing I want to do is leave my home. Here's the thing: it really does help. The combination of exercise, fresh air and seeing nature (like trees, sky and birds) really lifts my spirits.
2.) Up my Vitamin D intake. We simply do not get enough Vitamin D where I live. It really can make a person feel lethargic. My doctor recommended that I take a higher dose than the Health Canada recommended amount and it has made a huge difference in how I feel. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about your Vitamin D intake.
3.) Make time to see friends and family. When I am feeling down, I try to seek out my friends so that we can spend some face-to-face time together. Spending time with people you love and enjoy goes a long way to buoy your spirits.
This time of year can be really difficult for a lot of us. If you are unable to lift your spirits through these techniques or any of your own, please seek help. Depression isn't something you need to shoulder alone.