Blog: Stay active to fight the winter blues (1/8/22)

Winter is nice, but it’s not my favorite time of year. Hibernation doesn’t seem like a bad thing this time of year.

Although I think I could benefit from a state of dormancy, I am one of those people who some winters must dream of spring projects like growing flowers and vegetables to brighten my days.

While I understand this is a necessary time of year and enjoy living in a four season climate, I prefer the other seasons.

The easiest way to beat the winter blues is to force yourself to stay active, even when it’s dark and cold.

Fortunately, I am an active person and have friends and family who help keep me busy.

I love my job and my volunteer activities. Being social doesn’t mean going out all the time. I love to email and text, but sometimes that doesn’t replace hearing someone’s voice.

I have learned that I need to light up and I know I want more daylight. Daylight actually gives us serotonin, a feel-good hormone. One of the many great things about my house is the big, beautiful windows that let in lots of sunlight.

I have to work on cooking and eating properly, it seems to improve my mood. Taking my vitamin D also helps.

There are other ways to combat the winter blues.

Exercise. Bundle up for a walk, swim indoors, or hit the gym. Being active doesn’t have to mean being outdoors. Work on interior projects that you love and that stimulate you. Many like to listen to upbeat music.

Try to stay social and look for opportunities to help others. Be kind to yourself and relax. Read a book. Talk to a friend.

If none of this works in your fight to eliminate the winter blues. go for a sunnier climate or at least dream of a trip. Talking to a friend or family member also helps.

Barb Horton is a writer for the Daily American Republic. She can be reached at bhorton.dar@gmail.com.


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