Thinking about wearing your favorite warm sweater again may bring a touch of excitement for you as we move into winter. Being able to be warm and feel good in on-trend, fashionable clothing can definitely help ward off any wintertime blues! But for some of us, it’s not quite that simple.
You know my passion is helping you feel good both inside and out, so I put together a few tips to help you stay happy through the winter when those blues may start setting in.
Start Your Day With Light
You know in the fall when the time changes and it takes a while to get used to how early it’s getting dark? That’s because of our Circadian rhythms. Our bodies naturally experience mental, physical, and behavioral changes as a response to light and dark. Knowing that, it only makes sense that we can feel our moods change according to how much daylight we get to experience each day. If you can’t get natural light early in the day, you can at least turn on lights in your home and still get up and get moving so that when the sun is up, you can get outside. Additionally, you can look into and discuss with your physician the possibility of getting what is called a “happy lamp.” They don’t pack the rays that natural sunlight does, but the light from them can encourage your body to begin releasing serotonin, which can help improve your mood.
Eat Healthy Foods
Our bodies get energy from fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and protein, and the more energy you have, the better you are going to feel. Hitting the drive thru might be the easiest option and sometimes even a necessity, but eating a regular diet of healthy foods is going to help increase your energy levels and improve your mood. Eating a healthy breakfast will give you the energy you need to get through your day, so don’t skip it!
Stay Active and Involved
Sometimes the winter makes us want to crawl under the covers and hibernate until it’s over. I promise, though, that staying social and continuing to be involved in groups and activities can help the cold months pass quicker and more enjoyably. Meet up with friends, have people over, take walks, and get other forms of exercise. This will help you to stay busy and healthy. Before you know it, spring will be back, flowers will be blooming, and the sun will be shining longer everyday.
Something Warm Before Bed
Drinking a warm beverage can induce sleepy feelings, so if you have been having trouble falling asleep, try warm milk (add Ovaltine or honey!). Some drinks have magnesium, which is beneficial, but the important thing is warming your beverage up. It’s also important to note that alcohol acts a stimulant to your body, and avoiding it before bed can help you get better sleep. Alcohol can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night, which will decrease the quality of your sleep and leave you still feeling tired the next day. Additionally, alcohol can increase depressing feelings, so when you are fighting the wintertime blues, you don’t want to make drinking it a habit.
Wear Bold, Bright Colors
Sprucing up your wardrobe as we head into colder weather can be a great mood-lifter. Clothes are a necessity, so why not choose new layers that are both practical and on-trend so you feel your best!? A pop of color can instantly make you look more awake and put a little pep in your step! Choose styles that are fashionable, comfortable and warm and that you’ll love wearing.
For your on-trend, cozy, and comfy winter wear, be sure to visit the Curated Closet. I have hand-picked every item in the closet, so I know and approve of the quality. You can still have fun this winter while dressing in warm, fashionable clothing!