By Brynne Ramella. The recent unwelcomed sequel to the Polar Vortex (in Chicago at least) has made it feel like we've been stuck in an eternal winter. It's hard to believe it's only been officially winter for less than a month. But there are plenty of ways to beat the winter blues before they get to you!
- Soak up the sun. We get less sunlight in the winter, which has been known to alter people's moods. While most of us can't spend time outside in the middle of winter, there are other ways to get some good ol' Vitamin D without venturing out into the cold. Keep the windows open during the day so the sunlight can stream into your house. Change your lightbulbs to full spectrum bulbs to mimic natural sunlight. Or you can always ingest your Vitamin D.
- Stay social. It's easy to hibernate in your house during the winter. Don't give into that temptation! Make an effort to see your friends during the cold weather. Meet up for coffee on an especially cold morning. Get a group of friends together to visit a museum on a frigid afternoon. Go out to dinner and a show with your significant other on a chilly night. The cold can't stop you from new and fun experience!
- Get moving. Yeah, it's tough to get yourself to the gym in this weather. Exercising will get your energy up during these bleak months. It'll help you feel good, too!
- Add some color to your diet. Not only does eating vegetables improve your physical health, but it can improve your mental health! Studies show that people who eat more fruits and veggies are less likely to be depressed or anxious.
- Take up a hobby. Take advantage of this nasty weather to find your hidden talent or passion. I used to be wary of finding a new hobby, because I assumed taking up a hobby would cost a lot of money - but that's not the case! Check out this list of 100 cheap hobbies. You should be able to find one hobby that sparks your interest or find a few new DIY projects!
Get out there and have a healthy and fun winter!