Lots of people feel down during the winter months. It often begins when the nights start drawing in and is often worse just after Christmas. It is thought that the lack of natural sunlight at this time of year has a negative impact on our mood.
You may have heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. This is the medical term given to the feelings of depression or low mood that seem to come and go in a repetitive seasonal pattern. If your symptoms are severe or you feel you can’t cope, you should always seek medical advice. However, if you’re just feeling a little blue, follow these simple tips to lift your mood.
1. Let The Light In
If a lack of light is having a negative impact on your mood, optimise your daylight levels. Open curtains wide during the daytime and take down nets and blinds. Try to spend time outdoors as much as possible. You may also want to invest in a SAD lamp. These are artificial lamps that simulate natural daylight and can help boost your mood.
2. Look Good, Feel Good
If we’re feeling down, we don’t always feel like making an effort with our appearance. And during winter less of our skin is on display, so we don’t need to worry as much. But making an effort can have a positive effect. The simple act of taking care of ourselves and taking the time to look good, can also improve our mood.
Go through the same beauty regime you usually save for the summer months. Exfoliate and slough away all those dead skin cells. Moisturise thoroughly. There are lots of natural remedies to promote healthy skin. Your skin will appear brighter and more radiant. Defuzz and apply a little fake tan to add some colour. Just a little, though; you don’t want to look unnatural.
Invest in some quality underwear. A new bra and knickers will make you feel sexy. Brands like Tutti Rouge bras and lingerie are available in a range of sizes to suit your shape.
Cash is sometimes tight at this time of year. If you can’t afford new clothes make some subtle changes to the ones you have. Swap outfits around and mix and match. Introduce accessories to change the overall look.
3. Treat Yourself
When was the last time you treated yourself? During the festive season, we focus on others and find gifts that they would love. But treating ourselves can also be beneficial. You don’t need to have lots of money to do this. It could be as simple as a small bunch of flowers, a magazine or your favourite brand of tea. Little treats can provide you with a quick lift.
4. Eat Well And Move
During Christmas, we tend to overindulge. Food is a big part of the festivities. And if you can’t indulge at Christmas, when can you indulge? But for the rest of winter, try to keep to a healthy diet. Drink plenty of water and fill up on fruit and veg.
You may not feel like venturing out of doors on freezing cold days, but it’s important to get out and get some exercise. When we workout our body releases endorphins which provide us with a natural high. It also helps to give us feeling healthy.