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How to Beat the Cold Weather Blues

Sara K. Larsen - Sunday, November 16, 2014
My first winter back in Chicago I spent a lot of time hiding indoors and crying because I was depressed about the cold. Since then, I’ve figured out how to manage my instinct to hibernate during the winter. Here are my tips on how to beat the cold weather blues. 

  • Workout and eat healthy. When you're depressed about the cold and unhappy about being stuck inside, the first thing most people do is let go of healthy habits. But getting in a good workout is an amazing way to boost your mood and eating healthy will make you feel better from the inside out. 
  • Join a walking or running group. The ongoing support from a fellow group member when you're completely exhausted or freezing helps you get through the tough workouts. There’s nothing more motivating than a group member cheering you on during the moments you feel like you can’t. If you're in the Chicagoland area I highly suggest you join Chicago Endurance Sports - Winter Warriors
  • Get your Vitamin D. A Vitamin D deficiency can cause seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Dr. Weil recommends that everyone take a daily supplement of 2,000 IU. You can also get your Vitamin D from eating mushrooms, fish, cheese, cereal, and eggs.
  • Avoid negative talk about the season. Everyone loves to talk about the weather, but winter bashing conversations will only makes things worse. Try to find something positive about the cold weather. Thinking about holiday music, time with family, and baking cookies always cheers me up.
  • Dress for the weather. It sounds simple but so many people overlook this key component to beating the winter blues. Invest in good winter gear and you'll find the cold a lot more bearable.  

What do you think about the cold weather? Do you have any creative ways to beat the cold weather blues?