Preparing For Winter Activities : Fighting Off the Winter Blues

Winter is rapidly approaching and my first resolution for November is to Prepare for winter activities.  

Which means spending the time and money to make sure that myself and the rest of the family is equipped with the attire and accessories for long and sometimes brutal winter months.  I know my wife is way ahead of me on this.

In the past we have failed to make the investment in proper hats, boats, long johns.  We have the basics of course.  But not enough to enjoy all that winter has to offer.

We, I should say “I” am focusing on this for two reasons.

  1.  Obviously, I want to live life to the fullest.  I want my family, as well as myself to enjoy the …shopper strolls, tree lightings, snow tubing, winter fests, etc.  Something we have not been able to do in the past because the elements were too much for someone in our party.
  2. The second is a little more complex but actually very common in a lot of people.  I want to naturally fight off Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.

Symptoms specific to winter-onset SAD, sometimes called winter depression, have the follow symptoms.  These happen to me every winter

  • Oversleeping
  • Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
  • Weight gain
  • Tiredness or low energy

Just yesterday, it was 40 degrees, gloomy and rainy.  I was asleep by 8PM.    If you were to go back to the beginning of my project in January and February you will find the tone and language of  my writing to be much more serious.  Much more depressing.  Then when the weather turned?  Everything changed.

So what needs to happen to avoid the winter blues?

  1.  Start right here.  Get prepared for the winter.
  2. Continue to get out as often as possible.
  3.  Use other resolutions like :  Getting to the gym, drinking water, Picking up the phone and calling someone.

 

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Here’s a couple links to help you tackle the winter blues.

8 Scientifically-Backed Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

10 Ways to Fight Off the Winter Blues

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Author: billshappinessproject

I was near the end of 2016 when I realized that my life was totally out of balance. I was 30 and I was working my life away. I did not have strong relationships with my wife, family, or friends. It was around this time that I came across THE HAPPINESS PROJECT by Gretchen Rubin. It was then that I decided to launch my own year long project towards personal happiness for the entire year of 2017.

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