The Winter Blues – who doesn’t have them. Our mood rises and drops with the temperature. I hope wherever you are, it’s warm and you’re enjoying the feeling of sunlight warming up your skin. I can’t remember the last time I saw the sun here, which almost makes me suspect we don’t have a sun in London. On top of that, it has been freakishly cold. My layering is going on endless these days and the only good thing about it is that you can’t see the food baby I’m hiding underneath.
Anyway, here are five ways that can help you beat the Winter Blues!
1. Light up The Winter Blues are essentially caused by the decreasing hours of sunlight we get on a daily basis. Because of this, our Vitamin D level drops, we feel tired and moody and all we want to do is retire to bed. Don’t be a hermit. Expose yourself to as much sunlight as you can by going out more. Try to maximize your sunlight intake by staying out during the day. Too cold to go out? Don’t let it be an excuse, but if you really can’t stand the cold, brightening your interior may have a positive effect on your mood as well. It won’t be much help with your Vitamin D levels though!
2. Get moving Exercising always helps! This is coming from someone who dislikes exercising, but I too have to recognize that exercising actually helps lift your mood. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins and it raises your serotonin levels. You don’t even need a full workout, start simpler by doing walks in the neighborhood. This also helps with 1.!
3. Dress up Meaning, layer and dress warmly! Let’s face it – how smart is it to be the only fashionable one in the room but you’re freezing your ass off secretly? Layer up those pullovers and shirts and dress for the season. Recently I’ve fallen for Happy Socks. Not only are they keeping my feet warm, they come in bright colors and fun prints, perfect for creating happy feet and boosting your spirit!
4. Eat well Always be conscious of what you’re eating. Especially with the holidays around the corner or after the holidays, you want to watch out for over eating. Leaving out that delicious double chocolate muffin is much easier on you than going to the gym for hours on end to exercise off the calories. And while we’re at it, limit your caffeine intake as well. Caffeine may spike your insulin level, it actually drops your blood sugar levels, making you feel even more fatigue.
5. Break your routine A great way to boost your mood is to do something spontaneously or something that you have been postponing. Take that art class you’ve always wanted, get a new haircut or redecorate your room to a more colorful place. The important thing is you have something to look forward to and afterwards you will feel happy about what you’ve accomplished!
Side story: this was such a fun shoot to do! I asked my models to wear the socks and dance around. They were all hesitant and had no idea where I was going with this. So they just started jumping around, making the silliest moves with their feet. And that’s exactly what I wanted for the photo – happy feet! I had such a great time shooting this. Thanks you guys, you know who you are!
Wearing: Happy Socks (currently holding a Winter sale of 30% off)