How To Fight The Winter Blues

the winter blues

by Femita

Ever felt the desire to stay in bed all day stuffing yourself with sweet foods? It’s called the winter blues and it comes in many forms, from a mild lack of energy to a full-blown winter depression a.k.a. seasonal affective disorder. We have a few tips to brighten your day!

Light therapy

Winter blues has a lot to do with a lack of sunlight, which disturbs your body clock and affects your mood and sleep. The solution? A special light box that produces light very close to natural outdoor light. It is recommended to sit in front of a light box each day in the morning for about half an hour.

Stick to routines

Routines are an important part of daily life as they keep your body clock running. Make sure you go to sleep and get out of bed at a fixed time every day. Don’t give in to crawling back in bed.

Pamper yourself

To comfort yourself on a cold, windy day brew a nice pot of tea, share a soft blanket with a loved one and watch a happy movie.

Leave the house

Our best piece of advice? Get a dog and take it for a walk twice a day. This way you will force yourself to get some exercise and you will expose yourself to some lovely sunlight, even on cloudy days. A morning walk will make you feel alive and get you ready to kick start the day.

Brighten up your house

A bright house is a happy house. Open the curtains, replace common light bulbs with full-spectrum light bulbs and bring some color into your home by painting the walls or buying some flowers.

Exercise

Wintertime is no reason to become a couch potato. Exercise is good for your blood circulation and raises serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is linked to depression and mood disorders. By the way, exercise doesn’t have to be boring. Why not pick up a fun winter activity like skiing, snowboarding, hiking or sledding?

Vitamins

Always watch your vitamin intake, especially in winter. A well-balanced diet with sufficient amounts of fruits and vegetables will do, but you can supplement this with a multivitamin if you want. As sunlight is our primary source of vitamin D and winter can get pretty dark, you might want to incorporate foods that are high in vitamin D in your menu. Milk and oily fish are excellent examples.

Winter vacation

If your budget allows it, go ahead and leave for winter sports or a break at a sunny destination.

Alison

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Donna Versalis November 23, 2010 at 6:11 am

Winter blues gets at me every single year and i’m so sick and tired of it! This is the first time i hear a bout light therapy. Will definitely do some more research on that. Any idea on where to get such light box?

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Thomas December 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Just getting outside helps alot. No matter what the weather dedicate yourself to walking at least 20 minutes a day, it did wonders for me during my stint in Oregon.

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