10 Ways to Enjoy Life Even In the Winter.
I have Seasonal Affective Disorder and I do not like winter. During the dark months between late November and about mid-March, I pine for the days to get longer and the temperatures to warm up. I have come to realize the importance of taking care of myself during these times when I feel so blue. If you are like me and shudder at the first snowfall, I hope these tips that I practice on a regular basis will help you, too.
- Snuggle In. Get more sleep. This is a no brainer because as the sun shifts and our days are shorter, our bodies naturally want to hibernate in the extended darkness. So go ahead and get some extra sleep or indulge in afternoon naps if you can.
- Eat more fat. Good fats at least. Another thing our bodies crave besides sleep in the winter is fat. Although we don’t need to put on extra layers to shield against the cold like our ancestors did, we still crave it because it comforts us. Add some healthy fats to your diet such as organic unrefined coconut oil, grass fed butter, fatty fish like salmon and nuts.
- Read. This is the time to cuddle up with your pup or kitty, a cup of tea and read some books that you’ve been meaning to. Enrich your brain with some non-fiction and learn something new or just read for fun and enjoy a beach read and escape the cold in your mind for a while. And why not light a couple candles for ambience?
- Catch up on your favorite comedies. If you suffer from SAD, chances are you need any little bit of happiness you can find. Watch a funny movie or TV series and engage in a hearty belly laugh or two! It’s good for your mind, body and soul.
- Get some fresh air. Even though the snow on the ground doesn’t look very appealing, the crisp air can work wonders for your body and state of mind. Go outside for even a few minutes and breathe in the fresh air and breathe out the toxins you’ve been carrying around in your body.
- Do something nice for someone. Giving is one of the most amazing things you can do any time of year. No matter what your religious views are, you will feel better by doing something even as simple as smiling at a stranger, or giving the mean lady at work a compliment on her new outfit.
- Help Mother Nature. Our animal friends have it rough in the winter. So, go ahead and fill up your bird feeders and keep the water fresh and unfrozen in your bird bath.
- Give back. I am often speechless during the winter when I think of all the homeless people and animals in this country who are suffering in these frigid temperatures. If you can, help out a worthy organization in your area by donating winter coats or needed items. The animal shelters really need our help in the winter, too – donate to help them be able to continue their battle to save neglected and homeless animals.
- Take a Vitamin D supplement. It’s been thought that as many as 90% of the US is deficient in Vitamin D, or the “sunshine vitamin” as it gets referred to sometimes. Because of the great American habit of working and playing inside all day, we don’t get nearly the amounts of Vitamin D that we should be getting. Most jobs are inside and we don’t take time from our busy schedules to get outside as much as we should. So, consider taking a supplement and also, get outside for a few minutes each day when the sun is out.
- Celebrate life. No matter how bad it gets, there is always hope. So, do something today to celebrate this precious life we’ve been given. Have a party for no other reason than enjoying some time with friends. Or treat yourself to a hot stone massage and soak in the relaxing benefits. Whatever you do, don’t waste these special days. Even in the dead of winter we can enjoy them if we look for the blessings in each day and take time to have fun.