5 Ways to Fight the Winter Blues


Too many people I have spoken to lately are already suffering with the effects of winter. The shorter days, the dullness, the cold – it’s just too much for some, including me. I find myself struggling desperately during the winter months. I feel lethargic and down for no reason, craving sunshine and warmth that I desperately need. By March, I have completely had enough and am holding on by my fingernails for the break of spring which cannot come too soon. Failing booking a trip to sunnier climes for a while or, say, Australia for six months, there are ways of dealing with the winter months when jetting off just isn’t an option.


Make the most of daylight hours

The lack of daylight during winter months is often attributed to making people feel lower than usual. When the winter blues affect you more than you feel they probably should, you may very well be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Whilst daylight lamps can be great in imitating a natural white light that your body misses during the winter months, there’s nothing quite like a dose of real daylight to give your body and mind the all-important boost that it needs to get through. Even a short walk can work wonders, especially on those brighter days where the weather is crisp rather than cold. To get rid of winter depression, there are several nootropics that enhance your mood and help you feel better. L-Tyrosine​ improves mood, enhances cognitive abilities, and reduces the effects of anxiety and stress.


Stay active

As tempting as it might be to stay indoors and hibernate the winter months away, it won’t do you any favours in the long run. Staying active is a great way to keep the winter blues at bay. The activity helps strengthen your body whilst its natural endorphins kick into give your mind a natural boost. A pair of trainers is all you need to get yourself running in the great outdoors, and specialized road bikes for beginners or professional riders will help you get active in the saddle whatever your age, stage or circumstance.


Keep warm

It has been proven that feeling physically cold makes you feel mentally more depressed. Keeping your home heated at a constant temperature of between 18 and 21°C , wearing warm clothes and shoes and consuming warm food and drinks will help to keep your body warm and your mind happier.


Take up a hobby

Taking up a new hobby has been another proven and effective way to fight the winter blues. It keeps your mind occupied, you learn a new skill and you get to meet new people. Which brings us nicely to the next tip…


Talk to someone

A problem shared is a problem halved so if you find yourself feeling particularly low do confide in a friend or family you can trust. Sometimes, getting through this time of year can be as simple as sharing a cup of tea and a chat with a friend, or you might need a little extra support, in which case do make an appointment with your GP to discuss how you feel. Winter depression is a real thing and it may be that you might need a little extra help or support to deal with it. If you find yourself struggling, talk to someone.



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