I think…. No, I know that I am having a bout of the winter blues.
Yes, there is such a thing as the winter blues. Even though it’s not officially winter… it’s dark AND cold…. So to my body It’s Winter!
Two weeks ago I was so full of energy. So much so that I attended 3, YES 3, events in one week. For those that know me, you know that me getting out of the house 3 nights in a row is unheard of. But since then I haven’t had the energy to go anywhere or do anything extra. It’s work & home.
There is a medical term for the winter blues. It’s called SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Technically the Winter Blues is a mild form of SAD. The good thing is that I recognize that something is wrong and I can take the needed steps to get back on track. I’m going to deal with this head on.
Some symptoms of the winter blues include: Significant, lasting, downturn of mood, less energy, fatigue, craving for carbs (potatoes are my friend), less interest in being around other people, less interest in activities that you use to like. What makes the winter blues different than SAD is that these feelings go away in the Spring and Summer. Between 10-20% of Americans may suffer from mild symptoms associated with the winter blues. SAD has been linked to a biochemical imbalance brought on by the shortening of daylight hours and a lack of sunlight in winter.
So now what? How do I get over the winter blues?
- Expose yourself to light
- Keep a regular routine/schedule
- Have a regular pattern of sleep; get enough sleep
- Exercise regularly
- Do fun things
- Eat in a healthy way; avoid overeating
I am determined to NOT let the winter blues get the best of me. I’m going to get out this weekend to hang with some blogger friends and set my goals for 2017. I AM READY FOR SPRING!!
How do you deal with the winter blues?
Beewisdom- Keep calm and pretend you are on the beach