Surviving Those "Winter Blues"

Elizabeth Sheinkopf,   Zone & Ride Instructor

Elizabeth Sheinkopf,

Zone & Ride Instructor

This time of year always makes me think about how to get through our dark, cold, wet winter months. Seasonal mood disorders are nothing to be ashamed of, and probably a lot more common than you think, especially in this area. The world around us is filled with merry-making and heartwarming tales (especially on social media), but that doesn’t always reflect our mental status. If you think you might have seasonal affective disorder, talk to your doctor about options like light therapy, vitamin D and medication.

Here are some tips that help me get through:

  • CHALLENGE YOURSELF: Trying something new might help you regain a sense of excitement and fulfillment. Take it a step further: try to make the new thing a real challenge, something that feels out of character, maybe a bit scary. (I don’t mean dangerous!) Maybe it’s speaking at Toastmasters, or going dancing at a nightclub, or meditating. Stepping outside of the habitual and expected can do wonders for our mood.

  • CONNECT FOR REAL: Be social, even if you don’t feel like it -- yes! Take it a step further and try to make deeper connections with new acquaintances. We all hunger for honest, deep connections with people, but often don’t put in the effort to make them happen.

  • THE BASICS: Exercise, even if you don’t feel like it! It helps! Get outside, rain or shine. GoreTex is awesome. Get some sleep. Enjoy some amazing food and champagne, if you like … just keep the “M” word in mind (moderation!)

Best wishes for a happy, warm holiday season filled with fun!