Winter can throw even the bubbliest among us into a dark downward spiral. If you're feeling S.A.D. or just struggling to feel happy, we've compiled some tips to help you feel better. From diet to lifestyle to work, here are our best tips for a happier new year.
Fend off S.A.D.
S.A.D. stands for seasonal affective disorder. It's a type of depression and it is tied to changes in seasons. If you suffer from S.A.D., your symptoms may begin in the fall and continue into winter. It can make you feel exhausted and moody. Like magic, your symptoms may vanish in spring and summer. Some people, however, feel depressed in spring or early summer and better during the fall or winter. Not sure if you have it? Watch for these signs and symptoms:
- Feeling listless, sad or down most of the day, nearly every day
- Losing interest in activities
- Feeling sluggish
- Strong carb cravings
- Overeating and weight gain
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty
- Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- Poor appetite and weight loss
- Agitation or anxiety
If you think you have S.A.D., talk to your doctor and/or psychiatrist to get diagnosed and work out a treatment plan. Common treatments include psychotherapy, vitamin D supplements, light therapy and medications.
Meditate, then meditate some more
Studies have shown that practicing meditation can improve your mood and mental health. It can be done by anyone, anywhere, virtually any time, so give it a try. One meditation session may help calm your mind in an anxious moment, but if you want long lasting effects, you need to build a meditation practice and be consistent. Thankfully there are many meditation tutorials, videos, apps and teachers out there to guide you along the way!
Eat these foods
If you tend to eat your feelings, why not eat foods that make you happier? These 16 foods are scientifically proven to boost happiness, and they're pretty delicious too!
Strive for a better work-life balance
Are you a workaholic? Your work ethic might make you the apple of your boss' eye, but could also be sabotaging your happiness. It's critical to establish a manageable work-life balance or you will undoubtedly burn out and/or be pretty miserable in the long run. These tips can put you on track to striking the right balance.
We hope these tips and insights help you enjoy a happier new year!
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