Cold weather and less daylight means that you are getting fewer vitamins from the sun and likely eating less fresh fruits and vegetables. In order to keep the warm winter glow in your cheeks, it is important to stay healthy and active during the winter months. You can do this in a number of ways.
Take Yourself on Vacation
Because of the cold weather, people tend to be less social during the winter. This can lead to cabin fever and serious seasonal depression. Go ahead and nip that in the bud this year by planning to take yourself on vacation. A vacation, whether with friends, family, or by yourself, will give you something to look forward to as you trudge through winter. The Bluegreen Resorts Flickr page, for example, has some great ideas for interesting trip locations. Taking a resort vacation is the perfect way to relax and soak up some much-needed sun during the winter.
If a luxury vacation is not in the cards for you this year, why not treat yourself from your hometown? By planning small treats for yourself, you can help reduce stress and improve your mood by giving yourself something to look forward to. Try planning a spa day full of relaxing massages, facials, and other treatments. Massages are mood enhancers, as they release tension in your muscles, releasing stress hormones and leading to improved blood flow throughout your body. Another idea is to indulge in a decadent meal with friends and family. Whatever it is that makes you happy, pick a few times to indulge yourself. It is for the sake of your health during the winter, after all.
By incorporating a few of these methods into your winter routine, you will decrease your chances of suffering from seasonal depression.