Winter is a season of festivities, family celebrations, get-togethers, and a wide-array of holiday gatherings. But it is also during the cold winter months that a feeling of loneliness could sneak up on you. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or not, the winter blues can make you nostalgic for happier days with family and friends you have not seen for a while. But spending the holidays alone for whatever reason does not have to be a depressing time for you. You can always find ways to beat the blues away to stay happy during winter and enjoy the season to the fullest.
Volunteer. Helping others is a great way to warm your heart during the cold winter months. Look for ways to help the community such as volunteering in shelters that are helping homeless people. You can volunteer at a soup kitchen to help serve food to the hungry. Alternatively, you can provide care or give toys to children who seek refuge from the cold in homeless shelters.
Watch what you eat. Do not let the holidays ruin your healthy diet. Weight gain is just one of the worrisome things about overindulging in food and drinks from all the holiday feasting. Some foods can cause or aggravate stress, anxiety, or depression. If you want to stay happy during winter, make sure that you eat healthy and avoid junk foods at all cost.
Pay attention to your alcohol intake. Waking up with hangover on a cold winter day can be depressing apart from the usual physical effects that you have to deal with. While it may be hard to avoid alcohol during the holiday revelries, you can limit your consumption or pace yourself to ensure that you do not suffer from hangover the next day.
Stay active. One of the best ways to be happy during the winter months is to go for long morning walks. The seasonal depression known as SAD is often caused by lack of daylight exposure. Combining a healthy dose of sunlight with the mood-boosting effects of exercise as well as the feel-good effect of connecting with nature can give you the good cheer that you need.
Socialize. Socializing with friends and meeting new people can improve your mood. Do not let chilly temperatures hinder you from going out with friends or working out at the gym. Surround yourself with people, interact, and connect as often as you can to drive away the blues.