Beating the winter blues

sad dogDo you look at grey skies or hear rain and instantly feel more down in the mouth?  Well science has actually shown that weather shouldn’t play a huge part in shaping our day-to-day moods.  Some people are admittedly more prone to weather-influenced moods than others, but while feelings of tiredness and sluggishness can be more noticeable in a colder climate, there’s barely any proven connection between the weather and our chirpiness.

The good news is that most of us (aside from those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder) are able to change our mood as easily as we can pull on a pair of extra woolly socks.  By doing the things that keep your mood up, and taking advantage of the positives, you’re likely to wear a smile for many more months of the year.

  • If the cooler weather has you feeling tired and sluggish, the chances are you’re exercising less.  This can be a vicious circle – you’re too tired to exercise, so you’re less active, and as a result you feel more sluggish.  Why not add a few extra layers and take a brisk walk or go for a jog?  Or if the idea of outdoor exercise does little for you, there are plenty of indoor activities and sports you can join in on.  The main thing is that you find something you enjoy and stick with it!
  • Don’t let the cooler weather force you to stay home.  Restaurants, movies, cafes and bars still operate in the winter, so get some friends together or head out on a date night and let your hair down.
  • Take a vacation.  If you’re really struggling with being at home all through the winter, take a week or so off and take a trip away.  There are lots of great holiday destinations with warmer climates, or make your way to the snow and really take advantage of the season.
  • Finally, try to appreciate the best things about winter.  Some of our favourites are delicious home-made soups and hot roast dinners, hot chocolates, footy every weekend, and stunning winter fashions… just to name a few!

Let us know your best tips for beating the winter blues, or help lift our spirits by sharing your favourite thing about winter.