Friday Feeling: First Day of Winter
Today is the first day of the Winter season. For some, the winter season is the start to terrible road conditions, colder weather, snowfall, and home maintenance. For more on the joyous celebratory side, there are the upcoming holidays of Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Kwanza, Boxing Day, and Three Kings Day. Click to read more about the winter season!
Winter Mood Changes
As the solstice marks that today has the shortest hours of sunlight a year; the weather has a large impact on people’s moods. The lower amounts of sunlight in winter can oftentimes worsen people’s depression, or cause SAD, seasonal affective disorder. Vitamin D is linked to people feeling generally happier, and can feign off feelings of sadness. The less sunlight people receive, the more likely it is to change their mood. There are many strategies that a person can take to lower their likelihood of changes in mood. They can invest in a happy light, that emits UV like rays to mimic sunlight. Other methods for managing mood disorders include Himalayan salt rock lamps, essential oil diffusers, physical activity, aroma therapy, an adjusted sleep schedule. spending time with family and friends, and perhaps even seeing a therapist.
Our Top Winter Activities
We have made a list of our absolutely favorite winter-tastic activities. Some winter activities that we think are especially fun include:
- Baking holiday cookies
- Sipping hot chocolate
- Making snowmen or snow forts
- Skiing/ snowboarding/ sledding/ ice skating/ cross country skiing
- Attending a secret santa holiday party
- Celebrating New Year’s Eve with family and friends
- Making a gingerbread house
- Driving around looking at Christmas lights
- Indulging in hearty soups
- Building a fire
- Volunteering at a food shelter
- Ice fishing
Is winter your favorite season? Do you have a favorite holiday in winter? What are you favorite activities to do in winter? Comment below!