Beating the winter doldrums isn’t easy. When the snow goes from pure white to slushy brown, the cold settles in bone-deep, it’s dark when you leave for work and when you come back home, it’s easy to sink into a slump. Luckily, there are a few ways to combat this battery of bad feelings and keep your spirits high until springtime.
First things first, this melancholy is called “Seasonal Affective Disorder” (SAD for short), and it’s a real thing that stems from a lack of sunlight thanks to winter’s shorter days. But, how do you go about beating the winter doldrums, this SADness? If you’re really feeling it, you can invest in a “sunbox,” or a fluorescent light that mimics sunlight. Sitting in front of the sunbox for 30 minutes in the morning or during breakfast can go a long way in boosting your energy throughout the rest of your day.
Keeping active is also a great way to keep your spirits up during the winter season, and not just so you can feel good about sticking to your New Year’s resolution. Exercise is an excellent natural antidepressant, and that’s true during any season.
Remember; if you’re experiencing intense feelings of sadness, you should seek professional help (don’t get all your emotional advice from your car dealership’s blog, as well-meaning as it may be).