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It’s that time of year:  Winter!  As I write this, there’s no snow on the ground beckoning me to go outside and shovel (shoveling is one of my favorite things to do in winter.  I know that must sound crazy to some people!).  Winter has a way of making you want to hibernate–it can be cozy to be snuggled up indoors with our partner, families, or friends as you connect with each other inside, sipping hot cocoa sitting by the fire (at least in theory, right?  If you have kids, they’re more than likely staring at a screen).

Many people suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) in winter or they become more sad–sadder than say, compared to the warmer summer months.  Researchers are now linking a vitamin D deficiency to SAD.  Not spending as much time outdoors leads to lack of sunshine, hence the lack of vitamin D.

But what if you don’t have SAD and you’re just feeling lethargic?  What if apathy has set in and you’re feeling kinda blah or a little down?  What can you do?

7 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

1.  Up your nutrition.  Eat high quality food and take high quality supplements like fish oil and vitamin D.

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2.  Exercise–do some of it outside.  Move–even if it’s cleaning up your home.

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3.  Get outside more and connect with nature.

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4.  Get connected–to your partner, friends, and family.  Spend time with people who will lift you up, not put you down.

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5.  Get enough sleep.

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6.  Read, listen, look at things that are inspiring.  Make a list and have it handy.

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7.  Do something new and fun–even if it’s little–every day.  Shake up your routine and the lethargy.

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While I’ve only listed 7, there are lots more ways to get out of a negative funk.  How do you help beat the winter blues?

Published by Nicole Nenninger

Nicole Nenninger MA Psychology, MA Marriage & Family Therapy, Life & Relationship Coach Nicole is a life and relationship coach, and author. She understands that the quality of the relationship you have with yourself reflects the quality of the relationship you have with your partner. She works with women who need help with self-esteem and confidence, life purpose, motivation and direction, relationship issues, break-ups, and more. Nicole lives in a beautiful coastal town on Long Island, New York with her handsome husband and soul mate, 4 children, 2 dogs, and a cat. She loves running, reading, kayaking, and going to the beach.

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2 Comments

  1. I hate winter. I hate being cold. I don’t mind curling up on the couch under a blanket reading a good book though. I’m bad about getting enough movement in the winter months. And I feel bad about it because my kids don’t get outside enough either. I really just need to suck it up and do it.

    1. Hi Rabia! I know the feeling–like we’re supposed to be hibernating too! Thanks for sharing-love the idea of getting cozy with a book (my idea of reading is being surrounded by at least 5 books).

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