With less sunshine and long gloomy days as we experience now, most of us experience winter blues. As the temperature drops, our mood also falls. For some people, it can be manageable. But for other people, especially those with Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, it can be more serious. Fortunately, there are some things that can be done to keep away winter blues and enhance your spirit this winter season. At Supportive Living Home Care, a home care in Huntsville, Alabama, we suggest that you follow these tips:
- Get enough exercise
Exercise is not only good for your physical health but also for your mental health. In fact, a study from Harvard University found that exercise improves depressive symptoms. It is a good mood boosting activity that you can do this winter season. However, if you have a fragile condition, let a home care provider assist you.
- Eat right
The sense of “hibernation” may trigger you to overeat and crave for more carbohydrates and sweets, but this is not helpful. The food you eat also affects your mental functioning and mood. Hence, along with physical activity, you need to eat right to keep yourself warm and healthy. Some recommended foods are soups, meat protein, and variety of vegetables.
- Spend time with family members or friends
Spending time in your home alone for long hours or days is not healthy. It may be helpful if you spend time with family or friends in this cold season. There are home care services in Alabama available to help and assist you whenever you want to visit a friend or family member’s house.
- Listen to good music
If you choose to stay indoors, you can listen to good music. You may not know it, but music provides therapeutical benefits according to The American Music Therapy Association. In addition, it also helps alleviate problems with respiration, headaches, chronic pain, or cardiac conditions.