Cold and wet weather, gray skies and the stress of the passed holidays: it’s no surprise that many people are experiencing a winterdip during these cold months. It is still dark when you go to work or school and by the time you get home the twilight is back or even worse: it is already dark again.
People with a winter depression sleep a lot, but still feel tired in the morning. It is not conducive to their work at work and school and also not for their social contacts. A winter depression often occurs because the biological clock gets confused. With our tips you get rid of your winterdip in no time.
Get up early in the morning
We understand it’s hard to get up in the morning if you have been tossing in bed all night. Still, it’s important to go to sleep and get up at the same time each day. Don’t stay in bed all morning. You also do not have to get up at five o'clock if you do not have to be at work until nine o'clock, but it is also not a good idea to get up just 15 minutes before you have to leave. Choose two fixed times and stick to them. That way your biological clock knows what is expected of your body.
Catch that ray of sun (light)
The sun doesn’t show much in winter, but you can still go outside. Enjoy the outdoors, even if there doesn't even seem to be any daylight. Every ray of sunshine, or regular daylight, will brighten your mood. Go outside every day. Cycle to work, take a walk during your break: your body needs that fresh air and light.
If you don’t get enough energy from being outside, the Energylights from Philips might help. This light mimics daylight and gives you a great energy shot. You can use the daylight lamp for about 20 to 30 minutes per day. It is important to stop this again in time: otherwise your biological clock will become even more disturbed. The Wake-Up lights from Philips are also great. You will wake up more smoothly, not with an annoying siren, but with a light that will get stronger and stronger.
Move, move, move
In addition to that ray of sunshine: exercise. It’s important, so go outside and take a brisk walk or go running. Staying in with a winter depression is actually very bad for your health, even if you prefer cuddling up on the couch with a blanket. So put on your jersey and go out for a run. Afterwards you can take a shower and lie underneath your blanket.
Eat healthy food
By taking breakfast you wake up your body. So don’t you dare to skip it. Don’t run around in your house with a sandwich in your mouth, but sit down and enjoy your breakfast. Make sure you take enough time to wake up quietly. Vitamin B12 and vitamin D are also recommended for a winter dip, although it has not been scientifically proven to be of real use.