5 ways to beat the winter blues

5 ways to beat the winter blues

The cold weather has officially hit our shores, which means layers of clothing, thick blankets and warm beverages. It also means you may find yourself suffering from the winter blues. A very real phenomenon which is also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). 
 
If you experience lower moods during this time of year, you’re not alone. The winter blues happen to many people, so you’re not alone. However, there are ways to get the blues out of your system and out of your home.

 Spend time outside when you can

It may be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you should spend all your time inside. When it’s not raining, try going for a walk around your neighbourhood. Stepping outside into the ice cold weather with the grey clouds above you may not be ideal, but it is a great way to cheer yourself up. 
 
Fresh air is good for you. It won’t just affect your mood but it will also improve your health. Winter is the season when you’re more likely to fall ill and a strain of the flu always seems to be going around. Nothing makes the winter blues worse as much as lying in bed with the flu. 
 

Invest in extra lighting for your home

For many people, the lack of light and shorter days are the main causes of their winter blues. The darker the days become, the lower people’s moods become. It becomes more difficult to get out of bed in the morning and stay out of bed as soon as it gets dark. Increasing the light in your home may be the answer you’re looking for. 
 
In summer, you can simply open the curtains and have light streaming in. In winter, however, you’ll be lucky to get a few rays of sunshine once in a while. So, you need to count on the lights in your house for any sort of brightness. Use brighter lightbulbs than you would in summer and add lamps in areas that the main light doesn’t reach. Turn on the lights as soon as you wake up to make it feel more like daytime.

Since you’re spending more time indoors, ensure your house always has a pleasant scent

Never underestimate the power of a lovely fragrance. If you’re looking for a way to lift the spirits of everyone living in your home, then you should concentrate on scent. Airoma has a range of fragrances to change the atmosphere in your home from gloomy to cheerful. For winter, we suggest trying out Airoma Potpourri Petals as the rich scent of exotic spices will bring some warmth into your home.
 
If you have pets, you may find they leave an unpleasant odour in your home as they’re spending more time indoors. With Airoma 3in1 Pet Friendly spray, you won’t have to worry. It will rid your home of any unpleasant smells left behind by your cats or dogs.   
 

Treat yourself with a DIY spa treatment

While you may not feel like driving out to a countryside spa resort on the wet roads with the darkened skies, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a spa treatment. You can do it all yourself at home! All you need are some basics and the time and space to relax.
 
You can go out and purchase a luxurious face mask or even make your own homemade face mask. Apply it, set a timer and spend that time concentrating on giving yourself a manicure. Take out your nail scrubs, creams and polishes and give yourself a manicure that would make a professional proud.

Make sure you’re staying active even though you’re indoors

You may not be able to wake up and go for a run when it’s still dark or raining outside, but you still need to exercise. If you prefer outdoor sports, like playing tennis or golf, exercising indoors may not seem ideal for you. However, exercise is important when it comes to happiness and improving your mood. 
 
If you don’t have a gym membership, there are many things you can still do. There are yoga and pilates classes where you pay per session or you can do these at home if you already know the basics or have video tutorials.