Baby, it’s Cold Outside: 3 Ways to Beat the Autumn Blues
The leaves are falling off, the air is getting cooler. Its only natural that as the days get shorter and the nights get colder, even the best of us get a little down. The “cold weather blues” are not a myth! They’re real. They can be characterized by mild depression, lack of motivation and low energy that many people experience during this cold season. Sound familiar? During the cold months of October through February it becomes difficult for us to get in to the habit of staying home most nights, and layering on the warm clothing. For some, it could be traumatic to detach themselves from the sunny summer days. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to prevent the blues.
Have fun, indoors
During the summer it’s easy to throw on your favorite shorts and go. But since the cold weather does not allow us to head over to the beach and tan or jump in the pool every other day we tend to get bored inside of our homes. After all, who wants to leave the house when the temperatures get chilly. So, why leave the house at all? Here are a few fun activities that will keep you sane and entertained.
- Have a favorite movie marathon: There is no better time to curl up on the couch with hot cocoa or tea and watch movies than when it’s cold out. Don’t forget your fuzzy blanket!
- Do a little home improvement: Since your home most of the time, you might as well paint that room you’ve been putting off all summer! Do a little Feng-Shui. If you’re in a dorm, rearrange your furniture or get some new dorm accessories. You can also clean out that closet that’s been begging for some assistance. Make your time indoors as productive as possible.
- Catch up on your “books to read” list: You know, the list of books that your friends recommend but you never get to? Now would be the time to sit down with a great book!
- Start a blog:It can be about anything. You’ve got opinions! You’ve got stories! In fact, you can even start a blog on how you’re coping with the cold temperatures. Who knows? You may become a famous blogger.
2. Change your diet!
If you’re suddenly feeling depressed because of the weather, there may be some foods that can boost your mood. Your diet has more of an effect on your mood than you think. There are some key rules to live by to help control your mind and help you stay in a good mood. It is important to keep your blood sugars steady, which means eating less refined sugars and starches that can spike it up. Some ideal foods to keep a positive mindsent this fall and winter are:
- Oatmeal: It is a great winter option because it’s warm. Try warm oatmeal with blueberries for an enriched and flavorful meal. It contains whole grains and fiber, which helps stabilize blood sugar. The best part? It’s often fortified with selenium, which may help ease anxiety and depression and make you less tired.
- Vitamin D: Most people get a lot of sun during the summer so vitamin D in the diet is not as big of a deal. But when the weather gets cold, the sun hides! Make sure you take in lots of foods that are high in vitamin D such as fish, eggs and milk!
- Pumpkin seeds: The second Starbucks whips out their seasonal pumpkin-flavored drinks, consumers flock to the lines for the delicious beverage. Consider nibbling on a pinch or two of pumpkin seeds. Their magnesium content can help you feel better. Magnesium is known as the anti-stress mineral and produces calm feelings.
3.Keep your mind busy!
The colder weather brings opportunities to accomplish tasks in other areas of your life. Learn to embrace the seasons and love every part of the year. Find fun actitivies to fill the sunny void this autumn and enjoy the crisp, cool air!
- Plan some fun:
Having something to look forward to can keep anyone motivated. The cold months seem endless! But if you plan something exciting, your mood improves when you’re anticipating it. Here is a suggestion: plan a girls night out once a month. Each time go somewhere new and different.
- Embrace the Season:
Instead of always avoiding the colder temperatures, look for the best that it has to offer. Take up a n autumn activity like a walkin in the park or raking leaves.
- Don’t quit your exercising routine: When its cold out it can be difficult to find motivation to work out, but staying active will boost your energy. Look at fall’s chilly months in a positive light with all of the fun activities it has to offer.
The cold weather can be tough to deal with, but think of all of the free time you will have to use to your choosing. You can participate in activities you normally wouldn’t have had time to partake in. Look at the bight side, cold temperatures mean the holidays are near, which is definitely something to look forward too. Enjoy the season, and stay warm, Belles!