Do you have the winter blues?
Many people get depressed in winter or suffer from ‘the winter blues’. The medical name for the winter depression is seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The above abbreviation describes how many of us feel in winter. Despite merry winter festivities common in many countries, our mood tends to stay low most of the time. Why is that?
If you are locked in the blues, more light may be the key to open the door back to joy. And if you are a dog owner, you have someone that can accompany you in your quest for light. Try going for a walk with your dog during daylight hours. And please, never miss a bright day! Your schedule might get in the way, but try to put yourself first and find a way to get that light into your life.
The other aspect of beating the blues is keeping active. Your dog can assist you with that in a wonderful way! You have many options available. Choose an activity that suits both you and your dog. Long-distance walking is a versatile and moderate activity that can benefit you tremendously. You can spice it up with playtime stops or jogging. For example, set yourself to walk to a remote location where you can play fetch with your dog. If you are an active type, engage your dog in tug-of-war or running session. I personally enjoy playing intense games with my young American Staffordshire Terrier friend. She is an active dog that needs to get rid of excess energy and I often suffer from low mood. It is a win-win situation!
But nothing makes me feel more like a jolly child than playing snowballs and rolling in the snow with my family and our dogs. Dogs enjoy chasing snowballs and catching them while jumping around the snow like giant furry grasshoppers. It makes us all smile! I guess for them it is their ice-cream season. They definitely stay hydrated after eating all that snow.
Imagine a sunny winter day when the snow is sparkling like diamonds against the cold blue sky – what a dramatic view! Or another favorite of mine: orange and pink sunset over the white horizon. And the last one: bright sun playfully hiding among the evergreen pine trees.
There is no poor weather, but a need to learn the way to enjoy it.
The last thing I will suggest to beat the winter blues is a mug of hot chocolate topped with marshmallow or a cup of mulled wine if you are ready to relax. These drinks will help you attain the right attitude for the cold season. Enjoy!
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Also, if you like the topic of dogs, please check the book ‘Before You Get A Dog’ by Simone Burani. You will find the essential knowledge written in simple language to have a great time with your pet.
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