How to beat the winter blues? It is something that might affect many around now. Today is said to be the most depressing day of the year so it's time to prepare and get in the right frame of mind to overcome these darker months. As a company with Scandinavian roots, we take a lot of inspiration from their often carefree, balanced and stylishly simple way of life. There's a reason these Nordic nations are often said to be some of the happiest in the world. Here we want to introduce some of the ways you can beat the winter blue the Scandinavian way.
DIFFERENT WAYS TO BEAT THE WINTER BLUES INSPIRED BY SCANDINAVIA
Without stereotyping too much you'll often find Scandinavians to be outdoorsy foodies with a love of travelling. Especially at this time of year. From ski trips to winter sun, the Scandinavians know when it's time to escape to help boost their well-being. Yet, whether you are planning a getaway or staying at home this winter there are plenty of ways you can beat the winter blues.
MAKE SURE YOU GET PROPER SLEEP TO FIGHT THE WINTER BLUES
While you probably can't disappear for months and hibernate under your duvet you can ensure that when you go to sleep you get optimal rest. Keep your bedroom clutter-free. Turn off screens and allow your mind and eyes to rest. Sleep on comfortable cotton or luxurious silk. While you can't take your own comfy bed with you when travelling you can bring your own pillow which will allow you home comforts while away. The Snoooze and Mini Snoooze are your ideal travel companions when it comes to good sleep while away.
GET OUTSIDE AND CONNECT WITH NATURE
Firstly it's important to get fresh air even at this dark, wet and grey time of year. If you can soak up some sunshine then that's even better. Vitamin D is important and with it being even more limited the further north you live, it's vital to get as much as possible when available. A hike through the woods or a walk along the beach. The wind blowing away all the cobwebs after Christmas. This is an ideal way to beat the winter blues. Plus getting your blood pumping helps, too.
If you are stuck indoors during daytime for work or other commitments make sure you take vitamin D supplements and try a light lamp to help fight Seasonal Affective Disorder.
MAKE TIME FOR EXERCISE
Speaking of getting your blood pumping, making time for exercise is another key point to a positive outlook. Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, has more than 500.000 bikes which says a lot considering it only houses a little over 600.000 people. Scandinavians love getting around on their bikes but running, football, tennis and even skiing at this time of year are also great ways to get fit. Some times a frisk walk is enough to get those endorphins flowing and help you get over the winter blues If you truly want to live like a Viking you might even try a dip in the sea!.
EAT HEALTHY AND NUTRITIOUS FOOD
Scandinavians love to eat and you'll find inspirational restaurants in most major cities across this Nordic region. Often the focus is on fresh, local produce. Eating a varied, organic diet can help boost your mood and is an ideal way to fight the winter blues. Everything in moderation is how many Scandinavians live.
Do you suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)? How do you best combat the winter blues?