Winter days are here! Although Winter in Australia would not be considered to be cold by Northern Hemisphere standards, we Aussies are not immune to suffering from the Winter Blues. Studies show that the Winter Blues also known as SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder is a condition that affects many Australians throughout the cold season.
So how can we remain joyous when the doom of June calls? Here are 5 ways to remain joyous during Winter.
Of course, the best way to approach any season, task or event you feel apprehensive about is to look for the silver lining. Winter can be a magical time if we let it. Making a list of all the things we enjoy can help ease the blues and even turn begrudgement into excitement. Here’s a small taste of the list we made to help us appreciate and enjoy this time of year: slow-cooked meals, winter sports, bush walks without being burnt alive, pears, apples, oranges and lemons, soup, family fire pit nights, roasting marshmallows, hot chocolate, stylish coats and boots, snuggly hoodies, book reading sessions with tea and blankets, afternoon sun lazing in hammocks.
Although winter makes us want to stay in, it's important not to let the temperature isolate us completely as isolating for long periods of time can be harmful to mental health. Engaging with other people makes a big difference when it comes to keeping the blues at bay. What we are saying is, get out there sister! Continue to connect with friends and family although the weather makes it less convenient.
We know how ridiculously obvious this one sounds. Everyone knows keeping warm is what we do in winter. However, when we have insufficient warmth it not only makes us feel uncomfortable but also directs the mind towards negative thoughts and feelings. Make sure you have sufficient warm clothing, a good pair of fun socks, bedding and heating for your home. We know these basic necessities are viewed by some as a luxury, so check that your family and neighbours have enough. Also if possible, give to the homeless appeal in your city/town.
If we are totally honest, the gym is not our thing. However, staying active during the winter season can do wonders. Winter walks in the sunshine not only help us stay healthy but totally improve our mood. Team sport helps us to stay connected, and in shape and release endorphins which help us stay energised and happy. There is also something wonderful about getting up and out to explore nature at this time of year.
The space in which we live has a profound effect on our emotional life. Although in this post, this is the fifth way to remain joyous during the winter months, creating a beautiful, functional space in which to live is possibly one of the most important ways to protect your heart and mind from becoming downcast. We suggest you open blinds and curtains, light candles on really grey days, bring the outside in by spotting indoor plants throughout rooms, use mirrors to make pokey spaces seem more open and take care to display things that fuel inspiration. Fold up blankets when you don't need them to avoid clutter and bring in invigorating new textures and smells whenever you sense your place is becoming dull.