• Tips to Avoid Getting the Winter Blues

  • by Kristen Curzytek

We are just roughly 50 days away from spring. About 50 more days of winter weather to endure. For many the middle of winter can bring on the winter blues. The winter blues is a nice way of saying mild depression that can happen from lack of motivation, low energy and lack of sunlight. Here are some helpful tips to avoid getting the winter blues and keep you happy and health until spring arrives.

Exercise

There are so many helpful benefits of exercise, especially in the winter time. It can give you the energy you need during the winter months when all you want to do is eat and hibernate. If you live in an area of the country that does not have ideal weather look for a local gym or YMCA that offer programs especially for seniors. Another alternative is heading to your local mall and joining a mall walking group.

Eat healthy

Winter time can bring on the cravings for mac and cheese, chicken pot pie, sweets and other comfort foods that can really take a toll on your waist line. Eating healthy foods can give you higher energy levels and enhancement your mood.

Drink plenty of water

When you become dehydrated you can feel tried, hungry, dizzy, and have a pounding headache. During the winter months you can become dehydrated and not even realize it. Remember to drink at least eight 8oz glasses of water a day to stay hydrated.

Relax

While you might not be doing a lot in the winter because of the weather, it’s still important to find time to relax. Determine things that help you feel relax and try to find time to those things regularly.

Give yourself a treat

Have the need to travel? Or have your eye on a new sweater? Having a little indulgence can really brighten your spirits. Even the smallest of things can really make your day and help you beat the winter blues.

Get plenty of rest

Sleep does wonders for your overall health. Getting plenty of rest can boost your mood, help with weight and help to put your mind at ease. You want to try and get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. If you ever feel tried during the day, enjoy a catnap.

Get social

Depending on where you live in the country, winter can make it difficult to get out and about. Sometimes you can go days even weeks without seeing friends and family. While the phone is a good fix, it is still important to have interactions with friends and family. Try and plan outings with your friends and figure out a family fun night. Spending times with others can really improve how you feel.

These tips should get you past the long dark days of winter. For those of us who are dealing with inches of snow, ice roads and cold temperatures….just think we are more than half way through winter!

 

Kristen Curzytek is a writer for Retiring Wise.  Give us a call at (800)401-8114 to talk to one of our licensed professionals. They can discuss your financial situation with you and determine if a reverse mortgage makes sense for you and your financial goals.