As the dark evenings draw in and the temperature grows colder, it can be easy to just want to curl up and do nothing. As much as the thought of a good festive film and a cup of hot chocolate can sound appealing to some, others find themselves suffering with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
SAD impacts millions of people in the US and let’s face it, the winter blues can hit any of us at any time. Throw in a dash of global pandemic and this time of year is going to be one of the toughest that some of us have ever faced! However, there are little things you can do to help you boost your mental wellbeing this winter.
Invest in a SAD lamp
Often an inexpensive way to bring some light into your daily routine, a SAD light or lamp can make the world of difference to some. Whether you pay for it in out of your regular monthly income or look at other financial options ,it may lift your spirits and boost your mood during the dark winter months.
Enroll in a new course
A course of interest may help to take your mind off the early drawn-in evenings. It will help to keep your mind busy on something you enjoy and will also help your brain to stay more alert. You could even enroll in something that you could eventually turn into a side hustle (like learning how to become a virtual assistant) too!
Embark on some home DIY
The first coronavirus lockdown was the time for DIY and home improvements for many. Whether you paint one of your rooms a new color, pop up a new shelving unit or completely transform a space, it’s a great way to keep you busy and to make your days feel a little longer. It’s also really good for getting your creative juices flowing.
Staying active in the winter is a great way to improve your mental well-being, not just in winter but at any time of the year. It may feel a little too cold to get out for a run at the moment, but home workouts are just as effective. Grab yourself a pair of dumbbells or some resistance bands and search on YouTube for some great sessions.
There are so many things you can do to improve your mental well-being during the colder months. Whether you try them all or only one, these tips are sure to give you the boost you need!
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