2 weeks ago
If this (⬆️) is my summer face, maybe 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 (swipe ➡️) is my winter one...
The mood & energy slump that happens for many of us in winter is real.
Whether it's diagnosable Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or not, winter can be tough. We just passed through Equinox and into the dark half of the year in the northern hemisphere... and the long nights are coming!
This week I put a poll in my stories, asking you if you had a harder time keeping your energy up in the winter or not.
The answers? 100% said yes. It's harder in the winter.
So, if you can relate to this, you're not alone! I'm here with you, and the others in our community are too.
There's a natural turning-inward that happens in winter, and it's not all bad. Winter is a great time for getting cozy, drinking hot cocoa, and getting good nights' sleep. I'm a huge fan of the #hyggelife
And also, there's such a thing as going too far into the darkness slump. And it can take some work to find the strategies that help you stay out of the deep deep darkness and in the healthy winter zone.
Here's my short list of activities that help keep mood & energy in the healthy zone in the winter (add yours!):
1. getting sweaty. I swear by the power of endorphins to help with mood & energy in the winter especially. #skibabes helps with this!
2. getting outside. Getting into skiing a few years back has made a huge difference in how much I appreciate winter, but you don't have to be a skier to get outside. You might need some extra gear though, like spikies for your feet & good boots. It doesn't have to be epic to be worthwhile.
3. connecting with people. Winter can be good for this but it takes initiative since everyone's in their houses more. Some ideas: dinner parties, watch a movie together, game night, go bowling, drink tea & watch the dogs/kids/fireplace, etc.
Like everything, it's absolutely different for everyone & likely changes with time for most of us.
And I'd love to know what yours are! Post them here ⬇️ & inspire us all...
#skibabes #smhtraining #mentalhealthmatters #seasonalaffectivedisorder #alaska 📷: @lucmehl