by Stephany Gonzalez
Seasonal change is something most Colorado residents are familiar with. Somedays we get more than one season in a week and sometimes even in the day. Changes in season and climate can affect us all differently. It’s important to know whether you have been diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder or not there is some general sense of anxiety regarding mood changes during the winter months. A lot of changes for us Colorado residents during the cold winter seasons. Below, you will find more factors that may impact your mood changes.
Reasons for mood decrease
Less daylight/ Shorter days
You may find your mood has been affected because of less daylight. Maybe when you are waking up it is still dark and by the time you return home, it may already be dark. Leaving you feeling more tired than usual.
Since days are shorter and the weather is colder. You may find yourself wanting to be indoors often which can lead to not wanting to leave your home.
You may find yourself wanting to stay home more or even be in bed earlier than usual. You may even lose interest in socializing for the skate of staying home.
These are only a few reasons why you may be impacted by the seasonal blues. However, the good news is that just like there can be a lot of different reasons people’s mood decrease during the winter; there is also a lot of preventative measures you can take to help yourself and your children.
Four things you can do to prepare for seasonal blues
Take a moment and try to enjoy all the good things around you. Practice being mindful it can help positively impact your mood. Try grounding techniques that help you utilize your five senses. For example, take a second and look at the leaves changing around you. Notice the smell of hot chocolate on the stove or coffee depending on your preference. Listen to your holiday music or just any music you enjoy. Taste your Thanksgiving meal, and lastly, feel the snowflakes slowly falling on you.
Whether you stick to a workout regimen you already have or want to try something new. The goal is to do something you enjoy doing that keeps you active. It could be trying a hot yoga class or going skiing/ snowboarding. In addition to your stay active, it is also important to encourage your kids to get plenty of exercise. You can incorporate family walks while there is still daylight or build a snowman with them. Staying active will help your body be ready for a good night’s rest. Establish a sleep routine for your kids and yourself. It will help them to stick to a regular bedtime every day.
As a result of the cold weather, there is a lot less going to parks during the cold winter days. Therefore, adults and kids can have a hard time socializing. Whether you plan a night out with friends or a play date for your kids be purposeful in your planning. You don’t have to go out on snowy days but simply having quality time with your friends and family can boost your mood. You could plan a movie night, go ice skating, or sledding. Luckily winters in Colorado can provide a lot of different activities.
Having a strong support system is always helpful. Whether it’s a friend or family member you can call to connect with. Remember to check in with your children if you notice changes in mood take it seriously. Be gentle with your children and yourself. If you find that the seasonal blues are affecting, you or a loved one seek support from your local therapist.