Well, the term “Winter Sadness” is quite self-explanatory. Winter season is always known to have a bit of a sad effect on those who get cheered up by sunny weather. Well, that doesn’t mean you have to stay in a bad mood during all the colder months. You have to remember that “Happiness is a state of mind”. You need to lift your mood by doing things that make you happy. Don’t worry, if you don’t know how to beat the blues. Read the article and you will find 5 helpful ways that can boost your mood instantly.
1. Be More Mindful
Life post-pandemic has become too unpredictable for everyone. The anxiety of uncertainty was always there but now it has amplified. While post-pandemic stress disorder is not a medical term, researchers are still using it to describe the mass trauma Covid-19 has left behind.
To help counter this fear of tomorrow, try and find things that you have right now. When you will focus on things that you are grateful for, your mood will automatically become better. This can also be called practicing mindfulness. For example, if you live in a western country then the Christmas decoration will be all around you. Take a stroll and experience a joyous holiday. Find magic in the ordinary!
2. Music Therapy Is Real
Sometimes our pent-up sadness just needs to be released. Now with music, you can make two kinds of choices. If you are going through something and need words of affirmation then listening to something that has motivating lyrics will help you. However, if you are just sad and feeling low without any particular reason in this cold weather then you need to blast some high-energy and upbeat tunes and dance your heart out. This will release all your pent-up energy. In the end, you’ll be exhausted but in a happier mood.
3. Eat Some Chocolate
Ask anyone what’s the most mood-boosting food and there’s a 99% chance they’ll say chocolate. Not just people’s vote even science backs the claim of chocolate being an actual anti-depressant but it has to be dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains more than 75% cocoa and can stimulate feel-good chemicals in your mind. This results in your feeling better instantly due to the new wave of energy coursing through your body.
However, keep in mind that like anything chocolate should also be eaten in moderation. Eating chocolate is more like an instant solution, not a long-term suggestion. If you think someone around is feeling a bit dull try elevating their mood by giving them a bar of chocolate!
4. Work out And Bust Stress
Feeling low and dull in cold weather has been a well-known phenomenon. To fight this fatigue, one has to keep their body active so that it doesn’t get lazy. An active body will help keep you an active mind. It is recommended that every healthy person should exercise for 150 minutes a week. This will not only improve your physical health but as well as mental health.
5. Hangout with your friends
One big drawback of cold weather is that it can make people feel lonely. Not everyone has a big family or vast friend circle which is why some can even despise the holiday season. Well, that’s not the right attitude, you have to find your own crowd. If you go down the pit of loneliness and despair then it can be damaging to your mental health. To avoid it from happening, socialize more instead of staying at home.