Although the winter season begins with a bit of holiday cheer, many people feel a little “off” as the cold weather drags on. Cold. Dark at 4:15 p.m. Yup, winter’s tough. And there is only so much Netflix any sane person can handle. But here are 7 things you can do to mind your mental health and wellness, and have a little fun.
1. Make an effort to be social
Many of us are less social in winter. While socializing can seem like an effort in the winter months, it can help boost your mood. Make an effort to see friends and accept invitations, even if you only go for a while.
Simply being around people can feel good, like being in a gallery, movie theater or concert. Volunteering can also have a positive impact on your mental health. Not only will you be around other people, you’re also making a difference.
2. Eat healthily
The cold weather can have us reaching for comfort foods high in sugar and fat. While you may get a short-lived mood boost from these foods, they can negatively affect your overall mood, so try and resist the temptation and eat fresh food. Small amounts of vitamin D can be gained from foods such as fatty fish and portobello mushrooms.
3. Connect with others
A case of the winter blues can turn into something more serious. Depression and anxiety effects each of us differently. If you’re concerned about your mood or mental health, talk to someone including friends, family or health professionals. If you’re in crisis, call your local mental health service provider right away.
3. Make Sure You Exercise
If you tend to enjoy outdoor exercise then you might simply stop working out when the winter weather creates an inhospitable environment. However, your mental health will benefit if you find other ways to stay active. Vigorous exercise promotes the release of endorphins, chemicals that enhance your sense of well-being and improve your mood.
Masturbation (like sex) stimulates the thousands of nerves in your genitalia, which send positive signals to the brain. A combination of mental and physical excitement slowly builds and builds until, hopefully, you reach peak sexual arousal – the orgasm. A mass of neurochemicals flood the brain, creating an overwhelming sense of euphoria and well-being. How is that for mental health?-
4. Enjoy The Daylight Whenever You Can
Try to find a daily opportunity to spend time outdoors so that you get at least a little exposure to the sun. If you bundle up in your warmest clothes, a winter walk in the park can be quite enchanting thanks to the ways that snow and frost change the landscape. For people who are prone to seasonal affective disorder, time in the daylight can make all the difference to mood.
5. Look Into Fun Indoor Trips
As well as staying busy when you are at home, try to be a bit more creative about winter day trips. Every city has plenty of great destinations to visit with family or friends. For example, you could plan an afternoon date to a museum and then go out for dinner, you could spend two days relaxing at a spa, or you might make a commitment to see a new movie or catch a live show at the theater every weekend.
6. Turn Your Attention To The Future
You can remind yourself that winter is merely a passing season by choosing to focus on the fun experiences that you will have in spring and summer. Browsing through potential vacation destinations can lift your spirits, especially if you find a great deal to book in advance. When you reflect on the fact that sunny days and shorter nights are definitely in your future, winter can feel less like an unending form of torture.
7. Get creative
Creative activities, such as painting, indoor gardening and photography, can be therapeutic as they can help you turn negative thoughts or feelings into something positive and give you the opportunity to socialize. Sign up for a 8 week writing class or language introduction class at your local community center.