Feeling the winter blues?

It’s human nature to feel down and depressed at times. Not everyday is going to be sunshine and blue skies. Sometimes it rains and thunders. Sometimes it’s pitch dark and foggy. Try not to judge these feelings or see them as ‘bad’. They are transitionary and part of being human.

Here are a few things that could help shift the blues.

1) Get some fresh air.

depressed woman

Get out of the house and go for a walk. Spend some time by nature, either by the sea, near a park, river, whichever is closest. You’ll be surprised at how refreshed you feel when surrounded by grass, trees and birds.

2) Watch a funny movie

laughing is good for the soul

Laughter is medicine. Let yourself remember not to take life too seriously. Laughing can also help release built up physical tension in the chest and throat. It can literally help you shake it out

3) Talk to a friend

Friends are here

Reach out to a friend. Call them or arrange to meet them. Tell them you need some support. It’s OK to be vulnerable in front of your friend. They will have gone through difficult times also. Being in the company of someone you care about and feeling their presence can be a huge gift.

4) Start practicing mindfulness

Mindfulness starts here

Mindfulness is the art of being present. Beyond your thoughts, beyond your feelings, there is a deeper realm which is still. The practice of mindfulness allows you to begin to experience that stillness within. A good book to start with is ‘The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness’. A note of caution: please be patient with the practices. It can take time to grasp them and experience the benefits.

5) Avoid alcohol, junk food and coffee

Funk food not great long term..

Try to eat a wholesome diet without the strong and quick kicks of coffee, junk food and alcohol. If you are addicted to these substances, begin slowly by reducing your intake. Try to make your meals as delicious as possible by adding olive oil, butter or coconut oil as well as salt, pepper and spices. Your body is your temple. Imagine that you have a car. What would happen if you were to put terrible quality petrol or diesel, or some chemical compound that imitates fuel? Sooner or later your car would break down. There is a direct link between the health of your body and the way you feel. Eating healthy helps to feel good.