Dark mornings, darker evenings and shorter, chilly gray days, yeah this is winter. With lack of sun and warm come the "winter blues". There’s no clinical diagnosis for the “winter blues,” but experts at the National Institutes of Health say they are pretty common and the most common effects are feeling more down than usual, sad, and less energized. Up to 20% of Americans experience such seasonal mood changes. Moreover up to 9% of people in US suffer from Seasonal Depression, which is a more sever condition than winter blues and is characterized by feelings of hopelessness and despair, fatigue, problems sleeping and concentrating, and changes in appetite.
As you already know, NE Flower Boutique is always here to help you brighten your days. So we prepared a list of things that can help you deal with a bad mood.
1) Physical exercises, the fact that physical activity helps to fight and prevent the depression and bad mood, has been proven by so many scientists. And there are so many varieties of ways to get exercise. Running, riding a bike, working out at the gym or at home, there are plenty of videos on YouTube that can help you out, and my favorite one is yoga, which not only get you exercising but also helps in reducing stress.
2) Warm yourself up with a mug of hot tea or cocoa or coffee, whichever you prefer.And movies,of course movies, nice comedies where you can laugh with all heart. Experts believe that laughter actually stimulates processes in your brain that counter depressive symptoms
3) Don't postpone day nights and nights out with your friends only because it's raining outside, or snowing or just too cold. We have only one life, and it is too short to stay home and waiting for better days. Moreover there are so many things to do in winter time. Ice skating foe example, if you live in Philadelphia,you must visit BlueCross River Rink, it is amazing
4) Many studies have shown that people with seasonal effective disorder feel better after exposure to bright light. Replace lost sunlight with bright artificial light, and your mood improves. Alfred Lewy, MD, a seasonal effective disorder researcher at the Oregon Health & Science University, says it's not only a matter of getting light, but also getting it at the right time. "The most important time to get light is in the morning," he says.
5) Bring some spring to your home. Get some flowers from your favorite local florist. As Psychologically proven that having flowers in front of you can help you to distress and significantly improve your mood. A lot of studies show how great flowers are for your mental health, they can easily erase all stressful memories of the week you've just had, they have unbelievable power to make you smile and feel good.
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