Winters can be rough. For many of us living in areas with substantial snowfall, you know how much work it can take to get out of the driveway some days.
Winter can be a cold, miserable time of year, and if you don’t take care of yourself, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can legitimately affect your psyche.
One demographic that is especially impacted by bad winter weather is college students. The managers at the Ivy Apartments, a BYU-Idaho Approved Housing provider, know Idaho winters can be difficult. To help everyone cope with long, harsh winters, here are a few tips to help you have a happier, healthier winter.
#1 – Stay Active
Typically, an individual's first instinct in the cold weather is to wrap up in a blanket and cozy up on the couch. Though this might be comfortable, it can be quite damaging to your energy levels. Though it might be more difficult, one of the best things you can do is stay active. Staying active during the winter can help keep energy levels up, release stress build up and even keeps you warm.
#2 – Get Natural Light
During the winter, the darkness sets in much earlier at night. With shorter days, it’s no wonder why winter can be a depressing. A study by researchers at the Harvard Medical School found circumstantial evidence that shows that a lack of natural sunlight can be a trigger for seasonal depression. Not only does our body get vitamin D from the sun, but the natural light has a warming, positive effect on our body and mind. Sitting by a window or stepping outside for a period might be very effective.
#3 – Moisturize
Cold, dry winters can affect your eyes, skin, and breathing, so ensuring your body is properly moisturized is huge. Items like eye drops, skin moisturizer, and humidifiers should become daily staples to avoid dry, itchy skin, eyes, and airways. Not only will moisturized skin help prevent itchiness, but you will have fewer static shocks too.
#4 – Maintain Good Health
Winter might not be the cause of a cold, but it is the season of sickness. Everywhere you look, friends, relatives and strangers are all coughing, and it might seem like you have nowhere to hide. Though it might seem like it at first, you don’t necessarily have to avoid all contact to avoid sickness. You just need to take the proper precautionary steps. Be sure to wash your hands regularly, get plenty of sleep and stay active. These steps can help keep you healthy and strong to fight off nasty colds that could keep you down.