I have suffered from mild seasonal depression since I moved to the Midwest. With long, cold, and dreary winters, I find myself feeling down and lethargic from about December thru February. While I have never felt depressed enough to seek professional help or medication, it does affect my daily life and I find that I am tired all the time. While I know it is only temporary, I don’t enjoy feeling this way so I have slowly started finding a few natural and easy ways to perk up my mood and help me survive the winter.
- I call an HVAC company for furnace repair Indiana This may sounds like it is out of left field, but bear with me. If my home is cold or the quality of air is poor, I find that I feel worse. Having my furnace serviced at the beginning of the winter improves the air quality in my home and makes it warmer with less energy use. This has the extra bonus of saving me money on my heating bill so I can buy myself a special treat from time to time, which also improves my mood.
- I get exercise. My natural state during the winter is pretty much hibernation. The more I sleep though, the worse I end up feeling. I make sure to get at least 30 minutes of cardio 3 to 4 times a week to improve my mood and energy level.
- I add pops of color. Research has shown that yellows, oranges, pinks, and other bright colors can actually improve your outlook. While I do not repaint my home or anything drastic, I do add some fresh flowers or bright throw pillows and blankets to brighten up my space and improve my outlook.
- I get as much sun as I can. I open my blinds to let sunlight in. Sunlight increases lots of feel good hormones in your body and I get as much of it as I can during the winter.
- I use happy scents. There is some research that suggests scents like lemon or lavender can improve your mood and relieve your stress. I diffuse some essential oils throughout my home for a little bit of a pick-me-up each time I breathe through my nose.
Using these tips I have been able to manage my winter blues to feel happier and more energetic. If you suffer from mild lethargy and need some simply ways to feel better, I suggest you try them. However, if they do not work or you find yourself slipping into a deep depression, make sure to talk with a healthcare provider to ensure that you are indeed suffer from mild winter blues, not a more serious emotional condition.