As we mentioned in our posts on January 19, the winter blues are a mental state which is usually short lived and dissipates as the sunshine becomes more prevalent.
We touched on the importance of exercise on January 21 and on January 23 we focused on the importance of sunshine and Vitamin D.
Today we will look at rest.
It is always important to have a sleep routine not just when you are experiencing the winter blues.
Go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning. Be sure that this schedule includes your body's sleep requirement. This establishes an internal clock and ensures that you are getting sufficient sleep. Sleep recharges our bodies and our minds. If we are not giving them the down time they need, we cannot expect them to function properly. Studies suggest that the required amount of sleep reduces stress and increases good moods.
Please read our post Breaking Bad Bed Habits for helpful suggestions for good sleep habits.
Remember the winter blues are temporary and we hope our suggestions over the past four posts help to alleviate your blues. If your symptoms are more serious than the winter blues, do not hesitate to reach out for professional help. Do not suffer in silence!
FIGHT THE WINTER BLUES