Shake Those Winter Blues
Feeling the winter blahs yet?
Although technically the days are starting to get longer, here in Durham we are in definite need of some sunshiny days. With hydro bills soaring and temperatures falling, everyone is in need of some relief from the winter blues. Here are some ways to help you get out of that mid-winter funk:
- It’s Whitbylicious time! Featuring 12 local and independent restaurants in Whitby and the surrounding area, residents have an excellent opportunity to get out, put the oven mitts away, and enjoy some delicious food. Forget the New Year’s resolutions for one night and indulge. For a complete list of the participating restaurants and their menus, click here.
- Get brighter. Scientifically speaking, the ‘winter blues’ actually has a physiological explanation. Your body is suffering from a lack of natural light, and all the vitamin D that goes with it. So open up all the curtains, trim back trees and branches that may be limiting the amount of light being let into your home, and sit closer to windows during the day. There may not be a whole lot of sunshine out there these days but every little bit helps.
- Step up the exercise. This will also help keep one of your New Year’s resolutions. Nobody is asking you to train for and run a marathon, but even just walking 20 minutes a day can help improve your mood and fight depression.
- Crank the tunes. Studies have shown that upbeat and high tempo music can have both short and long term gains in terms of improving mood and overall happiness. Whether its around the house doing the house cleaning or out at the hot yoga class, music makes everything that much more fun!
- Pick up a new hobby. Have an interest in photography? Art? Learning a new language? Whatever it is, now is the perfect time to start on that path. Learning new skills and trying something out of your comfort zone will not only keep your mind occupied, but studies have shown that people who continue to learn new things throughout their life are less likely to develop brain degenerative diseases.
So however you decide to fight back against the winter blues, get active, stay active, and don’t just hunker down at home. Winter is something that will always be a reality for most of us so we might as well embrace it and find ways to enjoy it.