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Don’t Let Winter Depression Get You Down
As winter weather moves into the area, you may find it more difficult to spend time outdoors. While this doesn’t sound like a bad thing at first, it has a way of taking a toll on your life over the course of several months.
Winter depression can result in the following:
· Weight gain
· Sleeping too many hours
· Trouble focusing
There are several things you can do to avoid these issues over the months to come:
· Get outside. Even if it’s cold, spend some time outdoors (preferably during daylight hours). It doesn’t matter if you take a 30 minute walk or spend some time on the ski slopes, time outdoors is good for your mental health.
· Exercise. It’s not always easy to exercise in the winter, but this is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body in good shape. Don’t be afraid to exercise outdoors, even if the conditions aren’t ideal.
· Take a trip. Forget about staying inside your home all winter long. Take a trip to a warm destination, as this will give you the opportunity to spend time outdoors while recharging your batteries.
With these tips guiding you, you’ll find it much easier to avoid winter depression over the next few months.
Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.
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