How to Beat the Winter Blues - Peloton West

How to Beat the Winter Blues

Cold weather and short days making you feel down? You’re not alone. 

Many people experience “the winter blues” when winter rolls around and we begin to spend more time indoors. For some, this may look like trouble sleeping and mood change. For others, it may look like a decreased appetite and motivation.

In whichever way the winter blues affect you, it’s important to take care of your body and mind to help relieve your symptoms. Here are a few ways to do so, so you can enjoy winter happily and healthily. 

Diet and Vitamin D Supplements 

In the winter, it is more difficult to get the nutrients and vitamins we need to stay feeling our best. 

One such vitamin is Vitamin D, also known as “the sunshine vitamin”. Vitamin D is a common deficiency among those who tend to feel down in the winter. Try incorporating vitamin D-rich and vitamin D fortified foods like fatty fish, orange juice, breakfast cereal, and yogurt.

Getting enough Vitamin D can be a gamechanger for both your mood and energy levels. 

Light Therapy

In the winter, it is more difficult to get the nutrients and vitamins we need to stay feeling our best. 

One such vitamin is Vitamin D, also known as “the sunshine vitamin”. Vitamin D is a common deficiency among those who tend to feel down in the winter. Try incorporating vitamin D-rich and vitamin D fortified foods like fatty fish, orange juice, breakfast cereal, and yogurt.

Getting enough Vitamin D can be a gamechanger for both your mood and energy levels. 

Get Moving

Research has shown that exercise can lift you out of a clouded mood.

Start slowly incorporating exercise into your daily routine to make it manageable, and to prevent burnout. Go for a brief walk (outside preferably, if the weather allows it), do a YouTube yoga video in your living room, or hit the Peloton gym for a full-body workout. Just do something to get your body moving. And, schedule a tour with our sales team to see how the rest of the amenities available to Peloton West residents can help you stay active. 

Looking to get 30 minutes of exercise per day is a good rule of thumb. If your “blues” manifest in a lack of motivation, try the 10x10x10 method. This approach to exercise entails breaking your exercise routine into 10 minute chunks. So, instead of a 30-minute walk, try three 10-minute walks instead. 

However, if these lower-level approaches don’t help relieve your “winter blues,” consider talking to your doctor or mental health professional.