It’s no secret that the cold weather and lower level of sunlight can be a drag this time of year. The good news is that there are many ways to get out of a funk and feel good no matter what season it is. So, get excited about all that life has to offer in the winter, and if you need a little help, we have a few ideas to make this winter your best one yet.
Red Light Therapy
The reason many people can start to feel down during winter partially comes from the lack of sunlight – particularly red light. This is the wavelength of light that’s more readily available in the morning. Red light helps regulate your body’s circadian rhythms while balancing your hormones, leading to better moods and even better sleep. Without red light, our bodies can become imbalanced underneath synthetic blue light, which signals to the body that it’s daytime. Over time, this can throw your hormones out of balance. When you take a session under red light, your body can readjust to its natural rhythms. Check out your nearest health club, spa or wellness center to sign up for a session. Experts recommend 20 minutes a day for at least 1-2 times a week to see results.
Try Out a New Hobby
Part of the reason winter can make your mood feel sour is because you’re less active. When you sign up for a new class, try a new skill, or meet new people, it can keep things moving and exciting! Try a pottery class you’ve always wanted, get yourself to an event you’ve been meaning to get to, or even order a calligraphy book off of Amazon to test out. Anything that keeps your brain sharp and your hands busy can make a huge difference.
This may be the last thing you want to do, but it may also be the most effective. Studies show that reduced sunlight and Vitamin D can lead to lowered moods. Even if it’s only for a few minutes, a brisk walk outside and in the natural light can increase serotonin production, helping you feel happier and more excited.
Start Enjoying the Best of Winter
Ice skating, drinking hot chocolate, sledding, curling talk to your loved ones and plan your day so you have something to look forward to that you can only do in colder weather.
Go Museum Hopping
This one is great for switching up your routine. Pick a date on your calendar and go check out a local art or public museum. Depending on where you live, you can even find one that’s off-the-beaten-path for a unique outing. These activities help you explore something new and get out of the house for a while.
Winter doesn’t have to be a drag. Get your sunlight, try new things and connect with your loved ones. I guarantee you won’t have to wait until spring to feel amazing!