Overcome the Winter Blue

We all feel differently about the different seasons. Everyone has their favorite and dreaded season. Currently, in the United States, it has been winter since December 21st and does not end until March 20th. Some states face a lot of snowfall and others, such as the southern states do not get nearly as much. The southern states are not equipped with the necessary equipment, so small amounts of snow cripple the area for days.

Unfortunately, no matter where the state anyone is in, winter can cause people to feel unfavorable feelings, such as their sleep being jeopardized which can lead to feeling sluggish and hopeless. It is thought that the causes of negative feelings during the winter months are due to the lack of sunlight, which disrupts circadian rhythms and the levels of melatonin and serotonin.

If you are someone that does not care for the winter months, there are ways to manage your winter days in a better way. The following are some effective ways to try.

Maintain a proactive attitude. Winter is not a surprise because we know it happens every year. Preparing for winter, before it begins with anything that makes you feel good. You might want to join a gym or anything else that helps you to stay active. I know with COVID joining a gym may make you skeptical and I understand that, but there are safety measures gyms are using to keep their customers safe.

Considering there is less sunlight during the winter months, it is important to increase your levels of Vitamin D. One important thing about Vitamin D is that it helps regulate serotonin levels. You can add into your daily routine a Vitamin D supplement, which can be purchased over the counter. The recommended daily amount is 400-800 I.U. There are also foods that are highly enriched with Vitamin D such as fortified orange juice, tuna, eggs, mushrooms, and of course, milk.

Regardless of the short and darker days, continue with your normal schedule. This means continuing to eat healthy, exercise, and get enough sleep. It also means avoiding staying in bed when it is time to get up, remaining on the couch where you are warm and cozy, and having those late-night snacks. We are all faced with those tasty treat temptations, but we need to think ahead and know how sluggish they will make us feel.

I am just as guilty as anyone else of maintaining a normal schedule and avoiding snacking. The pandemic did not help with the snacking, and I think most people have probably gained weight since the start of the pandemic. Of course, during the winter months, we are mostly wearing baggy clothing which hides the signs of weight gain, but changes can be made for our own good. I am a huge fan of my comfy clothes because they are comfortable and baggy, but then again that is how I like to dress anyway. I guess working from home really did not help that much because I never had to go to an office and get dressed up!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope the information I have shared has been helpful for you or someone you know. I am sure you are glad the week has finally ended and hope you are looking forward to a relaxing and safe weekend. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

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