According to the Scott Dictionary “the winter blues” is a feeling of depression or deep unhappiness associated with experiencing the cold and darkness of winter. The winter blues is a mental state which is usually short lived and dissipates as the sunshine becomes prevalent.
The winter blues are not the same as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is a mental health disorder, and we will touch on this in a later post.
The winter blues can affect your motivation, eating habits and sleeping patterns. One day you may want to stay in bed all day and the next you cannot sleep at all. You may long for comfort food and shut yourselves off from the outside world.
All of the benefits of the new year’s resolutions we covered at the beginning of the year are also great antidotes for the winter blues. Eat healthy to fuel your mind and body. Exercise is a good choice to beat the winter blues. Ensure you follow a regular sleep routine, and even though you are being asked to reduce your contact with people outside your home, there is no reason you cannot video chat or chat on the phone to lift your spirits.
Remember the winter blues are temporary!