A post-holiday slump is tough to overcome. Gray skies, miserable weather, sickness, and exhaustion mean people are a lot less lively in the cold months. In addition, following recommended COVID-19 safety measures can mean limiting the activities you enjoy, making you feel even more isolated. Learn to recognize the signs so you can beat the winter blues with everyday wireless tech.
Winter blues symptoms
First, learn to look out for these signs in yourself and others. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms can include:
- Feelings of depression
- Lack of energy, sluggishness
- Inability to concentrate
- Loss of appetite
- Trouble sleeping
- Anxiety or agitation
- Lack of interest in activities
These are just a few indicators. Since the winter blues can seem very similar to other conditions, it’s best to start with our first tip below.
Tech to help you beat the winter blues
Your wellbeing is important. If you want to keep yourself healthy and happy all season long, then start by using the devices right at your fingertips.
Schedule a virtual consultation
Many people are opting to stay home during the pandemic. As a result, telemedicine has become a popular option to meet with a medical professional remotely. Get a consultation, diagnosis, and advice for managing your symptoms from a qualified physician using your tablet or laptop.
Take time for yourself
Be mindful of your mental state. When you’re feeling down, anxious, or stressed, it’s good practice to do something to help you relax. That can mean listening to a calming meditation app with your wireless earbuds, for example, or using a Bluetooth speaker to blast your favorite music throughout your home.
Exercise stimulates the production of dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins – chemicals which all contribute to regulating mood. Use a smartwatch like the Apple Watch Series 6 to monitor vital stats as you move around, so you can ensure you’re getting your dose of feel-good to beat the winter blues.
Find ways to feel connected
Social distancing and lack of in-person get togethers can make you feel lonely and disconnected, so chances are your loved ones are feeling the same. Enjoy quality time together, apart, with videoconferencing apps, online gaming, and virtual movie nights using Disney+ GroupWatch.
Shine a little light
Light helps to regulate your internal cycles, including sleep and melatonin production. With less sunshine, you create less Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for fighting depression, illness, and fatigue. To combat this, try adjustable lights that you can control via smartphone or virtual assistant (like Alexa) for optimum daily exposure.
Before you know it, winter will be over. The days will grow longer and brighter and you may find your mood improving on its own. In the meantime, however, try a combination of our tips above to help you feel better now.