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8 Ways To Curb The Winter Blues

Feb 03, 2016 | Posted in News, News and Tips for Healthy Living

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Do you have difficulty getting out of bed in the morning or are not feeling up to your regular daily schedule? Are you not feeling like yourself? You might be fighting the winter blues. The winter blues is also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), it is a seasonal disorder when people are having depressive symptoms, but who have good quality health throughout other months of the year. The winter blues is commonly caused between the months of October and April.

When the sun hides away for months at a time so does your joyful mood. Your mood and the weather act extremely similar. You may feel dark and gloomy, exactly like these winter months. When the sun is no longer shining, our days become shorter and our circadian rhythm becomes unbalanced. Our brains have to work harder to produce more melatonin, the hormone that regulates your bodies sleep patterns and the hormone that is linked to depression. A simple fix is getting more sunlight, but in winter it can be difficult. There are other causes of the winter blues, but if you follow some simple steps you can overcome the gloomy mood.

  1. Flee for a weekend or two. If you escape, do it! Break the winter months and travel to warmer climates. It's amazing what a few days of fun in the sun can do for you.
  2. Brighten up your life. As the sun starts to disappear into the witness protection program, bring the light to you. There are a variety of special lights you can bring into your home for "dawn simulation" which give the right amount of rays to re-energize you. You can also take Vitamin D supplements to help you get through the days of gray.
  3. Get a hobby. Remember all those Pinterest ideas you pinned and never took a second look at? There's no better time than the present to revisit all those projects. Having something to do is a sure way to take your mind off of all the snow outside.
  4. Start your spring-cleaning early. Why wait until spring? That's when you'll want to do outside activities. Go through all your closets and organize those kitchen junk drawers now. You'll thank yourself later.
  5. Focus on what you can do inside. Winter is the perfect time to catch up on all those shows you recorded, binge watch that Netflix series your friends have been raving about, or read the book that has been sitting on your nightstand collecting dust. Grab a blanket, sit by the fireplace and indulge.
  6. Take care of you. Don't fall of the wagon and abandon all your good habits as this can lead to depression. It's normal to divulge in all the delicious food the holiday season has to offer, but try to enjoy in moderation. Keep up with your gym routine, or add one, to keep your energy levels up. I took up running one winter and completed a marathon nine months later! Also, when you work out your body produces endorphins and endorphins make you happy! It's a win-win.
  7. Socialize. Winter can be a lonely time of year, so invite your friends over for dinner, a movie night or a game night. Always take up an offer to grab drinks with the girls, too. I know it's cold outside and yoga pants are incredibly comfortable, but get up, shave your legs and hit the town.
  8. Get help. SAD is a real disorder and if you can't seem to shake the blues, don't be afraid to seek help. Your doctor can provide a treatment plan that's right for you.

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