Winter is coming and so is that seasonal depression. Don’t let the cold put a damper on your mood, find the strength of ten Grinch’s plus 2.
Seasonal depression (a.k.a. seasonal affective disorder) is defined as:
“depression that tends to recur chiefly during the late fall and winter and is associated with shorter hours of daylight” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
The reason for these feelings of hopelessness during the winter has much to do with isolation.
Living in Canada it can get pretty cold…
In fact record cold temperatures were recorded last winter in both Ottawa (-21.1 C) and Toronto (-22.6 C) beating nearly 70 year old record lows, so of course you don’t want to leave your toasty bed.
Though unfortunately this will ultimately lead to vitamin D deficiencies, resulting in downed moods.
So what can you do to get out of the house and absorb your nutrients?
- Go tobogganing
- Hit the Gym
- Have a snowball fight
- Go for a walk @ Victoria Park
There are also a few ways you can trick your subconscious out of the winter blues… try:
- Putting on yellow tinted sunglasses for a couple minutes
- close your eyes and imagine it being summertime