Beating the winters blues

Currently in the UK its February so late winter,when it cold and miserable outside often around this time of year.

FACT:

Winter depression is thought to affect up to one in 15 British people every year between September and April. Many more of us (about 17%) get a milder form of the condition, more commonly known as the winter blues.

The days get shorter and the nights get colder, even the best of us can get a little down. when Morale is on the low I feel that you should focus on the positives rather than the negatives.

Here some things you can do to both prevent the blues from coming on and get yourself back to normal if they’re already here.

1. EXERCISE

Staying fit is good for you and Exercise isn’t only for maintaining your weight and staying healthy. It’s great for relieving the stresses of life and the effects of a good workout session can last several hours after,giving you more energy through out the day.

2.Stay warm

Being cold makes you more depressed. It’s also been shown that staying warm can reduce the winter blues by half. Keep warm with hot drinks and hot food. Wear warm clothes and shoes and aim to keep your home between 18C and 21C.

3.Catch some Zzzz’s
 Naturally People want to sleep a little bit more during the winter. But with all we have going on, sometimes sleep is the first thing to go. With a little time management, and some self-discipline, you can meet your shut-eye needs. Aim for 7-8 hours each night, and try to keep your bedtime and waking time consistent. That way, your sleeping patterns can normalize and you’ll have more energy. Try not to oversleep—those 12-hour snoozes on the weekend can actually make you MORE tired. Don’t forget naps! A short (10-30 minute) afternoon nap may be all you need to re-energize midday.

4.Relax!

You’re busy! Work, class, family, friends, appointments, meetings—some people enjoy being busy and always doing something but realistically you NEED to call time because overworking yourself is not good for your well-being  Have some me time do something you enjoy (Not work for those of you workaholics!) for instance reading a book,listening to  music or meditation, or take a yoga class. Relaxation, especially in the form of yoga, can alleviate stress and leave you with a calm energy. Mental exercises like meditation and positive thinking can help keep depression at bay.

Personally for me making most of the weather, listening to rain is really relaxing,

Raining can also make us sleep better too especially at night, every time I wake up for school  and hear the raining sounds I wish I can lie down on the bed for a few hours more!

5.See your friends and family

It’s been shown that socialising is good for your mental health and helps ward off the winter blues. Make an effort to keep in touch with people you care about and accept any invitations you get to social events, even if you only go for a little while. It will really help to lift your spirits.

So I hope you guys beat the blues and have a great winter.

Thanks for reading

Jemini

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