The winter blues* are all too common, as many people struggle with the short days and early nights of winter. Add in cold, gray, wet weather and the stress of juggling holiday season commitments, and you’ve got a recipe for burnout. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to brighten your mood even when the days are dark and cold.
3 Tips for Beating the Winter Blues
- Stay active – While the weather and short days can make it hard to stick to your normal outdoor exercise routine, spending the winter on your couch is not going to help you feel better. As tempting as it may be to settle in with Netflix, your mood will improve if you force yourself to workout. Visit a gym, join the local YMCA, or sign up for a class like yoga, spin, or martial arts! The physical activity will boost serotonin and elevate your mood.
- Be social – Again, resist the siren call of your sofa! Making time for relaxation with family, friends, or your significant other is important amid the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Visit Charleston Fun Park for an afternoon or evening to burn off some steam with our go-karts, putt putt course, rock climbing wall, bumper cars, arcade, and more! We truly have something for everyone and every mood, so stop by and treat yourself to a little fun this winter!
- Get some sun – Shorter days mean less sun exposure, and that’s also responsible for lowering serotonin levels. Make a point to spend some time outside in the morning sun, which will likely improve your mood.
Ready to kick those winter blues to the curb? Get moving, soak up some sun, and invite your friends to a night out at Charleston Fun Park!
*If your winter blues are affecting your ability to enjoy life or function normally, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. If you’re suffering from symptoms of seasonal depression, it’s super important to speak with your doctor. SAD is very treatable, and you deserve to thrive – not just survive – all year long.