I dread the winter, I seriously do. With its gloomy sky, grey clouds, long nights, short days and freezing temperatures: All ingredients to get the winter blues and easily become depressed. Somehow the winter always feels like a never ending season. Some might love the brisk winter days, but others like myself, can’t wait till the season is over! Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do about the weather, but we can definitely take precautions against the cold winter taking control over our mind, body and soul. In order to keep my sanity, I’ve found some ways to stop this dreadful winter from getting the best of me, and I’d like to share them with you.
So here are 6 ways to get through the winter and remain sane and happy:
Get some fresh air, and if possible some FREE vitamin D
We all know that in the winter months we get less exposed to sunlight, because there’s hardly any sun!! Especially where I live here in the Netherlands, it’s very rare to see the sun during the entire winter season, which can be quite depressing. Yet it’s clear to say that the less we’re exposed to sunlight, the less vitamin D our body gets. Since the sun is our main source of FREE vitamin D, you can still take advantage of the several times the sun pops up during the winter. I do this by seriously forcing myself to go for a walk in the cold(I just make sure to wear several layers) and get myself some fresh air, and if possible, some sun.
Just the smell of fresh air while enjoying mother nature can do wonders, instead of sitting inside all day, especially when we only have a few hours of daylight.
What keeps me sane during the cold winter months, is the sudden clear blue sky that pops out occasionally.
Take vitamin supplements or food containing vitamin D
The lack of sunlight and vitamin D can often lead to a depression and sometimes even develop a heart disease. Vitamin D is one of the few nutrients our body can’t make on its own. Fortunately we can also get our vitamin D without the help from the rare sunlight during the winter. We can do this by taking daily vitamin supplements or foods that contains calcium and vitamin D, in order to promote strong bone health. Especially darker-skinned people, like myself, need to take this on a daily, because we have low levels of vitamin D.
Foods that contain vitamin D are for example butter, margarine, fat fish and eggs. I try to take my vitamin D supplement with every meal I get. If you often forget to take yours(like I sometimes do) set an alarm so you will never forget.
Taking calcium and vitamin D supplements on a daily during the winter will help your bones to remain strong, keep your vitality, be happy and prevent you from getting osteoporosis.
Get active and exercise
I know from my own experience that the cold makes it very easy to become lazy, and sit or sleep all day instead of making the effort to exercise. Creating a workout routine for yourself during the cold winter months is a great way to stay in shape, but it’s also a great distraction to prevent you from getting the winter blues . What I’ve learned is that ONLY YOU have the power to force yourself and become active. Obviously you don’t have to get into an intensive work out schedule, but you can start with a few small exercises, a 30-minute fresh walk outside, and if it’s too cold, go to a gym, plus there’s always YouTube. One of my favorite workout videos on YouTube that is very effective and even fun to do at home is “The 30-day shred”(level 1, 2 and 3) by fitness guru Jillian Michaels.
Eat and drink healthy
Somehow we eat more in the winter than in the summer months. Obviously in the winter we spend most of the time indoors and we tend to eat more “comfort” foods that are high in calories. Gaining those extra kilo’s during the winter is very easy to obtain, which we often regret as soon as Spring arrives. That’s why eating nutritious foods and drinking healthy in combination with a routine workout schedule will help you stay in shape and feel more energized.
Get yourself a hobby
Get a hobby! There’s really no easy way to say it. By getting yourself a hobby, you can get your mind off the weather and focus on things you enjoy doing. Get in touch with your creative self, get a notebook, start a blog and write down your thoughts, instead of piling it all up in your head. I love being creative, whether it’s drawing, photography or writing/blogging: It keeps me busy and I enjoy doing it. When you enjoy something you do, time flies! And before you know it, it’ll be Spring!
Read positivity books and/or blogs
The ultimate way to keep the winter blues from getting the best of you is to create a positive mindset. I know it’s easier said than done, but why would you let some bad weather ruin your day? You can prevent negativity to enter your mind by reading positive-thinking or positivity books and blogs. This will not only help you remain your sanity but will also keep you happy during the cold winter months.
How do you get through the brisk winter ? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. xo- Jey.