Fighting the Winter Blues

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Fighting the winter blues has a whole new meaning with the added layer of a global pandemic. Typical winter escapes down south are not happening (and shouldn’t be, even if you have the privilege to do so), and more and more we are needing to embrace our homes. With different restrictions based on where you live, fighting the winter blues may take more creativity than usual.

While it is important to embrace all feelings, there comes a point where the not-so-good feelings may become too much. Please note, I am not a doctor, so connect with a medical professional for more accurate advice.

Here are some tips that help me:

  1. Vitamin D Supplement – In Canada, I think it’s fair to say that we are likely all deficient in Vitamin D. While getting outside on sunny days can be helpful, it’s harder to get outside due to the cold. Take a supplement daily.
  1. Sun (SAD) Lamp – Typically used to fight seasonal depression, using this type of lamp can help ease tiredness and lethargy. I’ve been told using it first thing in the morning, keeping it close to your face on an angle is a recipe for best success!
  1. Embrace (COVID safe) winter activities – Find your inner child, grab a toboggan/sled and find a hill to slide down on! We could all use more giggles during the wintertime. If you’re fortunate enough to know how to skate (I actually do not know how), go to your local rink for a skate. Depending on where you live, you may need to book specific times to skate. 
  1. Therapy – Talk with a professional. Holding on to what you are going through can make things more difficult. I am the biggest supporter of therapy, and not just because I am a therapist. I think everyone can benefit in their own way. 
  1. Stay cozy – Embrace the coziness of winter. I personally love bundling up in a sweater or sweatshirt, wool socks while steeping tea. Find whatever is warming for you, whether it be tea, a clothing item, soup, stew or whatnot. 

What has helped you fight the winter blues? Comment and let us know!

Written by Alana Kaplan, Project Manager for the I Am Resilient Project.

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