Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D., is a reality for many people as they try to cope with the shorter days of winter. Even if you aren’t predisposed to depression, there’s no doubt that less daily sunlight can have a negative impact on how you feel.
If winter’s shorter days have you feeling blue, here are some tips to help you cope.
Heading outside might be the last thing you want to do when it’s cold out, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. You’ll feel so much better, and Colorado’s often-sunny days mean you’ll get a much-needed dose of Vitamin D.
Try one of the many fun winter activities that make living in Colorado so great.
If you head to work when it’s barely light out and get home after dark, use your lunch break as an opportunity to feel the sun on your face. Even a quick walk around the block can do wonders for your overall mood.
Exercising helps your body release feel-good endorphins, and you don’t have to exercise outside to experience these benefits. These tips for staying active during the fall and winter will help you identify ways to keep moving all winter long.
If you can head south to warmer temperatures, that’s a great way to beat the winter blues. If you’d like to stay closer to home, you’re in luck, too. Colorado has an average of 300 days of sunshine a year.
From a quick visit to New Mexico to a jaunt to one of Colorado’s many hot springs, there are plenty of ways to sneak some more warmth into your shortened winter days. Planning a trip gives you something to look forward to – always a definite mood booster.
Don’t feel guilty about not packing your winter days with activity. Instead, enjoy the slower speed of the season.
Winter is a great time for contemplation and reflection in your journal, getting lost in a book or taking a long winter drive in some of Colorado’s most scenic seasonal landscapes. Sometimes, slowing down and cozying up to the long nights and colder temperatures is the best way to cope.