5 Ways to Manage Your Mood When The Weather Gets Cool
Seasons change, that is the way the world works. But something happens to us when the cooler temps take over and the days get shorter. Our bodies naturally begin to slow down and we feel less motivated than we were in the summer. There also may be a change in your mood state, you may notice you feel more easily down or cranky. Most people will tell you they have an inclination to hibernate and feel less energetic in the cooler months. For some, the low mood will lead to a form of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). You can read more about SAD here.
Here are five ways to manage your mood during the cooler months:
Stick to a schedule.
Having a routine is one of the best ways to keep your mood on track. Your body responds well to having a routine and can continue to produce chemicals to regulate your emotions and overall health. If you feel inclined to sleep or relax more, adjust your schedule a bit.
Socialize and spend time with other people.
Spending time with those you love and care about is key during this time. The benefits include having a listening ear, being validated, and sharing positive energy. Make sure to get a hug while you’re at it, physical contact promotes a healthy mood.
Get moving through exercise or other physical activity.
Physical activity promotes the production of dopamine which is a chemical in our brain that allows us to feel good. It’s okay if your workout routine just look the same as it did during the summer. You can take the stairs, dance, park your car a bit farther, etc. Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity a few times a week.
Talk to a therapist.
Talk therapy can be very effective during these months because you are able to process your feelings and emotions. Therapy also can provide tools to manage your mood during the winter months and in general. Developing a self-care routine is also beneficial.
Engage in activities which bring you joy.
When you do things you enjoy, you feel good. When we feel good, we promote a sense of wellness and healing.
We don’t have to just make it through the winter months. We can challenge the change in mood which comes with cooler temperatures by taking intentional steps to take care of ourselves.
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