How to Beat the Winter Blues

Nov 24, 2016 | Anxiety, Blog

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How to Beat the Winter Blues

It seems like one minute, we were soaking up rays by the pool in what we hoped would be an endless summer, and the next minute, it’s getting dark outside at 4pm and everyones got the sniffles.

If you’re anything like the people I’ve been speaking to lately, the transition into winter can be tough. Winter blues, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and autumn anxiety seem to be creeping in. If you’re susceptible, here are some tips for seeing it off.

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Vitamin D supplement

Although more research is needed, vitamin D supplementation was found in one study to reduce symptoms of depression to the same extent as an antidepressant. Almost ALL of us in the UK are deficient in vitamin D in the winter time because we make most of our vitamin D from sunlight, and we don’t get enough at this time of year (need we be reminded). A supplement is recommended for everyone by the NHS, and especially if you suffer from the winter blues.

Exercise

You know it needs to happen! And..you know that it makes you feel better. Even walking counts. For best results, try and do some exercise outside, in natural light, for the best mood-boosting benefits.

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Let there be light

Consider using a SAD lamp – check out this article for a list of 10 of the best.

Talk to someone

Bottling things up? Perhaps you don’t want to ‘burden’ family and friends. Maybe you feel like you need to be the ‘strong’ one for others and so you keep how you’re feeling to yourself. But studies have shown that when we put our feelings into words, it reduces our stress levels. Let your friend or partner know that you don’t expect them to ‘fix’ you, but that you just need a friendly ear. It will take the pressure off them while letting them know how they can help.

Be nice

A low mood calls for…ramping up the self care! And don’t you be giving yourself a hard time either. You feel how you feel, and you’re doing your best. Light a candle, curl up, do some yoga stretches (I love the Yin Yoga app), take a nap, watch re-runs of Gossip Girl…whatever floats your boat.

Thoughts aren’t facts

Question the negative mental chatter. Ask yourself, ‘Is that really true? Can I absolutely know that it’s true?’ When you question thoughts, you realise they’re not ‘facts’ after all.

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We all know it feels good but did you know that massage actually raises your serotonin levels? If you can’t afford a professional one right now, give yourself a massage. You could try a hand or foot massage, but I friggin’ love a facial massage. There is seriously nothing more relaxing! Get some oil (Jojoba is my favourite but you could use olive olive, almond oil or coconut oil) and add a few drops of essential like lavender – which is a great stress buster. I love this video by Lisa Eldridge on how to do a facial muscle at home. Fellas, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

What tips do you have for beating the winter blues? Let’s get a collection of ideas going in the comments!


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  1. John

    The best way i beat the winter blues is this:
    I have a writing pad and pencil in each room of the house (especially the smallest one) and as soon as something comes to mind that I feel is going to affect my mood in a negative way, I pick up the pencil and write down the first thought that comes into my mind. For me it is important to pick up the pencil even if I find myself a bit stumped I feel that just doing that one think has a positive effect on my mood. By the time spring arrives I have pages and pages of scribbles and random words, sentences that make no sense but it is interesting to see that as it moves from winter and gets closer the time when the clocks are moved forward there is a change in the words I wrote and the doodling. I must also say that sitting in my studio messing with tunes and lyrics also play a major part probably because there is only artificial light and so I can control the environment to suit.

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    • Chloe B

      Great tip John, thank you! x

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  2. Just Jennifer X

    This is a great read Chloe! 🙂 how do I share it??
    I think everything you’ve got down is right..especially the exercise. Getting up early is important too! I started supplementing this year and have noticed a huge difference!
    I use mattsupps — it’s a green freeze dry juice. http://www.mattsupps.com/gb/
    http://matcha.mattsupps.com

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    • Chloe B

      Thanks Jennifer – there should be share button at the top of the page xx

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