As the seasons change and the days get shorter, people often report changes in their moods. This is often the result of a decrease in sunlight during the daytime hours. The shorter days and colder weather can increase the chances of sadness and lack of motivation for many. Here are some tips on how to avoid the “fall/winter blues”:
- Get outside and move! Don’t let the cold weather stop you from getting outside and taking a walk. Even a quick 10-15 minute walk can improve your mood. So bundle up and grab some fresh air!
- Open the blinds and windows in your house. A little fresh air goes a long way. Make sure to air out the house and let the natural sunlight shine through.
- Keep hydrated! Many of us decrease our water intake during the colder months, because we don’t feel as thirsty. It is important to keep drinking 6-8 glasses of water each day so that your body keeps hydrated and stays healthy. Water intake is also great for your skin, hair and nails.
- Don’t let the “winter blues” get you down. If you are feeling sad or uneasy, find someone to talk to about it. Talk to a friend, family member, doctor or therapist. Take the time to take care of yourself!