Think you’re feeling sad for no reason? Turns out the winter blues can be very typical this time of year, but there are different ways you can face it. While you can do something about it and take action, it’s also perfectly fine to let your feelings sit and let them be felt. Let’s look at some cute animal photos and discover ways to counter the SAD.
Owning sad feelings in the winter
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What to do about the winter blues:Fill up your social calendar. Don’t let the winter halt your relationships with friends and family. Social connection is important all year round, especially in the winter.
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Mundane work routines are dragging you down
If you’re unhappy at work, Krismer says there is a cure for that. “You either change your job to something that is more in line with your values, or change it internally and change your outlook on your job. […] The idea of taking action can be a form of relief.”
What to do about the winter blues:But if it’s a getaway that will cure your sadness, start planning a vacation. Even if you don’t have room on your credit cards to book flights or a hotel. “We often get more enjoyment from planning the vacation than the actual vacation itself.”
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Reclaiming Valentine’s Day
What to do about the winter blues:Instead, make Valentine’s Day a more social day. Ignore what Facebook says of your relationship status. Single. Married. It’s complicated. Whatever. Don’t be alone on Valentine’s Day. “Make sure you have a great time,” says Krismer.
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Countering overwhelming loneliness
What to do about the winter blues:“Invite them out, and do something active,” says Krismer. That would be the most beneficial thing for them. People just want to be loved. It’s simplistic but it’s what we all need.”
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Getting active (even when you really don’t want to)
What to do about the winter blues:Take a fitness class. Go for a walk. Better yet, meet a friend for a walk. Krismer says: “Move. Take action. That’s the real key.”
Your feelings are valid — and it’s OK to feel sad
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What to do about the winter blues:“Curtail the volume of time you spend on social media,” says Krismer. “Get real-life social connections instead. […] Instead of seeing other people’s ‘adventures’ go on your own adventure. Even if it’s just a walk around your local park.”
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Find the sun (get yourself that vitamin D)
What to do about the winter blues:“Combat those reactions of feeling sad to stay indoors and nest at home,” he says. “Get out of the office at lunch-time. If you don’t, not only do you miss out on relief from work, you miss the only opportunity to get the sun. And thirdly, it’s the best opportunity to move, since it will be likely the warmest part of the day in our climate.
Sad? Then don’t make this mistake
First, and foremost, if you suspect your emotional health is more serious than seasonal sadness, such as clinical anxiety or depression (lack of motivation, crying for no reason, anger and low mood, etc.), you should seek a mental health professional, recommends Krismer.
But if you’re sure you are OK, still pay attention to your sad feelings. “Don’t ignore sad emotions – they will catch up,” warns Krismer. “It can get to a point where it becomes a clinical issue because we are not attending to the first warning signs that something is not right.” You can do something about it. Krismer recommends taking a happiness assessment at happinessexperts.ca.
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