The sad, damp weather of the Australian winter is getting closer and closer. This means no more endless fun under the Australian sun. Instead, rain and colder weather will take its place.
With bad weather comes the Winter blues. But it shouldn’t be, as the winter can be an amazing opportunity to advance in your career, have more time to spend at home, thus improving it, and even learn something new!
While with winter comes the winter blues we shouldn’t feel down about it. The winter season can be an amazing opportunity to advance in our careers, have more time to spend at home with family, and even learn something new!
What is the Winter Blues?
You’ve most likely wondered what causes the winter blues. In the scientific world, it’s commonly known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). While the name is bang on, psychologists can’t say for sure why people suffer from the winter blues.
Most scientists say that SAD is caused by the smaller amount of daylight we receive during winter months. The less daylight we receive during winter makes our bodies produce more melatonin.
When we have higher amounts of melatonin in our bodies we feel drowsy and depressed. That’s why shorter days and darker weather can make us feel down.
How to Battle SAD
With so many of us having the case of the winter blues, people have come up with some great ways to battle the seasonal affective disorder. Here are some of the best remedies to help you stay on top of your game this winter.
- Fish Oil
Taking Fish Oil on a daily basis is a great way to boost up your metabolism.
This is a little trick taken from the folks over in Iceland. The country is in the lead spot of amounts of fish eaten by a person. Icelanders consume 113 kilograms of fish per person per year!
With Fish Oil being such an inexpensive decision it’s worth the try.
- Vitamin D
Being the vitamin that we take from the sun, it’s understandable why we feel down when winter comes.
Studies show that people who take Vitamin D have better mood on average. So make sure you give your body what it needs.
Training makes us feel good in general. It’s best to keep up with physical activity even when you are feeling a bit depressed because of the winter blues.
- Making Daily Goals
Writing down your daily goals is one of the best things you can do. It keeps you on track. It’s also very satisfying in ticking off goals from your to-do list.
- Waking Up With The Sun
This may mean that you’d sleep more. In the winter the sun rises later, so you’ll get more sleep. The problem with waking up before sunrise is that the body gets confused and it continues to produce melatonin which makes us feel drowsy.
- Spend More Time Outside
In order to make up the loss of sun, make sure you give yourself some extra outside time. Just 15-20 minutes a day will do wonders!
- Spend More Time with Friends and Family
We all know that when we don’t feel at our best some quality time with friends or family makes us feel better. Go out for drinks, to the movie, or just a coffee at home! It’s always great to catch up with loved ones.
Fighting the winter blues isn’t impossible. In fact, once you understand what causes the SAD you can easily deal with it.
How do you battle the winter blues? You can share your tips and tricks with us in the comments!