Holiday and Winter Blues
So many people feel stressed out or depressed during the holidays. We often get so caught up in everything we have to do, that we don’t get to really enjoy the season as we are meant to. I’ve been there. It’s a struggle trying to think of the perfect gift for someone and double guessing yourself whether they will like it or not. It seems like there are so many things to do, places to go, and people to see. Even with the influx of online shopping, the mall and other shopping centers can still be overcrowded. You can see the tension on people’s faces as they shop for that perfect gift or best deal!
Are you a perfectionist? Although it’s good to take pride in what you do, the downside is anxiety and depression because flawlessness may not be an option for you. Take a little time for yourself during the holidays and let go of perfectionism. You are important too!
It’s easy to get depressed during the winter months as well because you are stuck indoors more and there is less daylight. Depending on where you live—East Coast versus West Coast—winter will either be something you dread or something that passes you by without noticing.
Sometimes even people who live in the warmer states like California experience cyclical changes that affect their moods and disposition.
The extreme form of this is called SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is a cyclical form of depression caused by changes in the circadian rhythm—a 24-hour cycle that regulates biochemical processes in the body.
For some people, as the hours of sunlight decrease in the fall and winter, their circadian rhythm cycle can become disrupted. The hormone melatonin and the neurotransmitter serotonin suddenly drop in the winter and this causes lethargy, depression, irritability and weight gain.
So what are my top 10 tips for beating the winter blues?
- Take Vitamin D3 supplement. Vitamin D3 is not actually a vitamin, it’s a steroid hormone manufactured in the body from direct exposure to sunlight. Because sunlight is weak or scarce in some winters, be sure to buy Vitamin D3 supplements to make up for lost sunlight!
- Invest in a high-quality light therapy sun lamp. Light therapy sunlamps are often household necessities in states that suffer from lack of winter sunshine like Washington. Be sure to invest in a high-quality sun lamp that you can use throughout the day for 15 minutes at a time.
- Hibernate happily. Sometimes it’s best to surrender to winter and succumb to hibernation like a bear. You can watch movies you’ve always wanted to see or curl up on the couch with a good book you’ve been meaning to read or get all cozy by the fire with a soft blanket.
- Eat warm, nourishing comfort foods: Use this time to make those rich bean soups and hearty squash and root vegetable stews that you’ve been wanting to try. It will nourish and warm your body and spirit.
- Watch comedies to make you laugh out loud. Laughter truly is the best medicine. Download your favorite comedian and watch the show till you laugh so hard you cry or put on your sexy winter boots and invite a friend out to see your favorite comedian live.
- Layer up and go for walks outside in the fresh, cold air. Even though it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be out in it. As long as you layer up with warm hats, gloves and a thick jacket even the snow will be your friend. Take a stroll on a freezing wintery evening and return home refreshed.
- Spend time soaking it up in a hot tub, sauna or a nice warm bath. Soaking it up in a hot tub or sauna raises your body heat. Just do it weekly throughout winter! You can’t go wrong. There is nothing more relaxing than a nice warm bath by candlelight.
- Find a movement class that makes you sweat. Getting your body moving floods you with feel-good endorphins. Find a high energy dance class like Zumba, Salsa or even belly dancing and get your groove on. Then treat yourself to a cup of hot cocoa afterward.
- Buy some great looking winter outfits so you don’t feel frumpy. Take all your old sweaters to Goodwill and buy yourself some new sexy, head-turning winter gear like leggings and thigh-high boots so you can go out and about in style.
- Take a vacation somewhere sunny or tropical. Break up the cold months with a short vacation to a sunny place like Hawaii or Mexico.
Start by picking a few that appeal to you. Next, schedule a time on your calendar to actually do them starting tomorrow.
If you are one of those people prone to the winter blues and you want to make sure not to fall into that rut this year, then fill out the form on my contact page NOW to schedule a time to chat with me about more ways to make your winter months not only bearable but pleasurable too!
As a Transformational Health Coach in Allentown, PA, I can help you come up with a plan that feels good in your bones and I can help you implement it and follow through so that you can beat the winter blues this year for real! www.healthandpositivevibes.com or firstname.lastname@example.org