WinterBlues_Article-Title_1920x600px WinterBlues_Article-Title_750x930px

If you've ever had unexplained feelings of sadness during the cooler months, there is a chance you may have been experiencing the winter blues. To some this may sound harmless, but did you know it is recognised as a medical condition called SAD (seasonal affective disorder)? According to Beyond Blue, it's a form of depression that fluctuates with the seasons, generally peaking during the winter months when the days are shorter and weather is colder.

SAD symptoms can include fatigue, increased appetite, weight gain and mood changes. If you are feeling the SADs this winter, there are a few ways you can work on your wellbeing.

If you, or someone you know needs crisis support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 immediately.

Exercise regularly

Exercise has a positive impact on our mood and our general wellbeing, along with the increased benefits on our energy levels and metabolism. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can help reduce the impact of SAD, not to mention all the other health benefits of working out. Instead of exercising out in the elements, head to the gym where you know you will feel motivated to smash your workout.*

*Always follow government advice and restrictions in your area.

Eat smarter

When it gets cold, often all we want to do is sit on the couch, binge watch Netflix and snack on our favourite foods. We do recommend these as a treat yourself option, which is completely fine every once in a while, but try not to get stuck doing this daily throughout winter. In order to beat the blues, fuel your body with nutritious healthy meals that will help you to maintain your energy and sugar levels to get you through the day. Try one of our favourite winter soup recipes.

Keep warm

Keeping warm is a must in winter. Sleeping with socks on will help regulate your body’s core temperature. When it’s cold outside, your body pulls heat from around your body and sends it back to your core, regulating your body temperature and keeping you warm. So it's important to rug up, wear warm clothes and enjoy a hot beverage. 

Head outside

Aim to head outside for 10-15 minutes a day to ensure you are reaching your daily dose of vitamin D. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium which is needed to build and maintain healthy bones and keep our muscles strong. Head out at lunchtime for a short walk to get your daily amount, just be sure to always wear sun protection.*

*Always follow government advice and restrictions in your area.

Do what you love

Making sure you take time out for yourself is important all year round however, if you are experiencing the SADs it can be good to schedule time into your calendar to make sure you are setting time aside for yourself. Another way is to stay connected with supportive friends and family, and reaching out to them if you need some support. 

The content in this article is for general information only. It does not take into consideration your personal or health conditions. Always consult your GP, medical specialist, or mental health specialist, for health-related advice.

If you, or someone you know needs crisis support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 immediately. 

#ijoinedfernwood#ijoinedfernwood