Banish the Winter Blues

Winter is the season for holidays, joy, and family get-togethers. But for some people, winter is also the season for the winter blues. It is not uncommon to feel sadder, more irritable, and downright depressed during the winter months. In fact, some studies indicate that as many as 20% of Americans suffer from mood changes based on the weather and seasons. If you tend to be a little more moody this time of year, you might want to try a few easy, natural cures that can help banish the winter blues.

  1.     Keep your home warm. This may seem like a no brainer, but if you are freezing and have to huddle under blankets all day, it is hard to get motivated to get up and do anything. Contact us for Schertz heater service to schedule a furnace maintenance visit to ensure your heat is working properly and efficiently. That way you can turn up your thermostat a bit without breaking the bank.
  2.     Let the light in, literally. Try to get as much light as possible. Open your curtains, pull back the drapes, and keep your blinds open. If it isn’t too cold, bundle up and go outside for a brisk walk during the day. The more light you get, the happier you will feel.
  3.     Try happy scented aroma therapy. Orange, lemon, lime, and other citrus scents will make you feel happier. Buy some candles and light them up to improve your mood.
  4.     Get moving. The more you exercise and move the more energized you will feel. If possible, go for a walk outside. If not, try to do some squats, leg lifts, or an exercise DVD at home. Getting moving helps get your blood pumping and makes you feel more energized.
  5.     Change your diet. Try to incorporate more vitamin D into your diet. Eggs are a good source and so is cod oil. You could also drink vitamin D fortified milk or juice. In addition, eating nuts like peanuts and almonds can help improve your mood. They also help keep you full in between meals.
  6.     Surround yourself with bright colors. Yellows, oranges, and pinks are particularly helpful in making you feel more cheery.

If you mood does not improve with these simple tips or you find yourself becoming increasingly depressed, you might want to consult your doctor for more effective treatment options.