Don’t Let the Winter Blues Derail Your Recovery

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Winter comes in swiftly, with full force cold and wind bringing down many people’s spirits. As days get shorter and darker, ‘winter blues,’ characterized by lack of motivation, mild depression and low energy can begin. Find ways to kick the winter blues and get back to feeling normal again.

Exercise

Exercise is a great stress reliever. A good workout can last several hours after a person hits the showers. More energy means better metabolism. Exercise also helps the mind release ‘feel good’ chemicals called endorphins which elevate mood.

Eat Healthy Foods

When and what a person eats can have a major impact on mood and energy. When possible, it is best to avoid certain foods which might derail an otherwise sunny disposition. Foods like this include:

  • White bread
  • Rice
  • Sugar
  • Processed foods

Instead, focus on incorporating healthy foods and carbs into a balanced, daily diet. Foods which boost mood and stabilize blood sugar will also increase energy levels and avoid high and low spikes throughout the day. Give the following a try:

  • Whole wheat breads
  • Brown rice
  • Veggies
  • Fruit
  • At least 8 cups of water a day

Set Goals

Acting on one’s goals and resolutions will help a person feel motivated to keep moving throughout the winter months. Research shows that men and women who set and achieve goals are more likely to have a positive mindset than those who do not set goals or set goals but do not achieve outcomes. Accountability partners, loved ones and others can be a great boost when striving towards a goal.

Get Enough Rest

Do not be afraid to take a time out and breathe some fresh air. Go outside, be in nature or just take some time to be alone when things get busy during the holiday season and thereafter. Spend time in quiet reading a book in bed, meditate or do some yoga. Relaxation techniques can help a person feel calm enough to sleep.  Getting 7-8 hours a night helps the mind and body rejuvenate and feel rested for daily activities.

Embrace the Season

Rather than looking at the glass as half empty, try to see it as half full. It may be hard to see the advantages of colder weather, but some opportunities may be presented to make the most of it which can help boost energy. Give the following a try:

  • New winter hobby or sport
  • Connect with friends or loved ones in a new place nearby
  • Save up for a special treat to help boost mood

Winter is just that-a season. It lasts a short time and then spring will come. Focusing positive mental energy on what is good rather than what is negative can help shift mood, elevate energy and support growth through winter, and life’s, challenges.

The winter season can be difficult for individuals with addiction. If you are struggling and need support, Hired Power can help. We will guide you to the best next steps to take towards recovery of a healthy, positive mind and body.