Beating the Winter Blues


 
With freezing temperatures and less hours of daylight, it’s easy to find yourself feeling the winter blues and dreaming of warmer weather. However, if you find yourself sleeping more then usual, having little energy and feeling depressed – you may have more then the winter blues. You could have Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as Seasonal Depression.

 
There are ways to combat Seasonal Depression throughout the winter months. Here are 4 tips to keep you happy while we wait for spring!
 
Get Light – Get outside, go for a walk or sit by a window. Many people who suffer from seasonal depression find that sunlight helps improve their mood. If you find yourself unable to get enough natural light, then try artificial light therapy.
 
Eat Healthy – Often time people find themselves packing on the pounds in the winter. You can hide the extra cookie pounds under bulky sweaters, but this does not help with the winter blues. Try to keep a regular schedule for your meals, and snack on hardy things that will keep you full. Oatmeal is a warm meal that is great for you and will keep you full.
 
Get Active – Exercise isn’t just good for your body, it also releases those “feel good chemicals” called endorphins that help you to improve your mood. Even better, get outside to exercise in that natural light. Although if you can’t find the time, even doing a few jumping jacks during commercial breaks of your favorite TV show can help.
 
Take a Vacation – The ultimate way to get rid of those winter blues is to take a vacation to some place warm and tropical. Many kids have a winter break which gives you time to get away. If you don’t have the time or resources for a trip, you can always plan a staycation. Crank up the heat and lounge around in your favorite pair of shorts. Don’t forget the hamburgers and hotdogs!
 
Hopefully these tips well help you keep a smile as we all wait for spring to come.
 
If you are experiencing other symptoms or extreme sadness, you should reach out to a professional for help.
 

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