Ok so we’re only one week into January but winter is here in full force and being felt around much of the country. I have spoken to so many friends who already are feeling the “winter blues.” The “winter blues” are characterized by mild depression, lack of motivation, and low energy. But don’t worry, there’s plenty you can do to prevent the winter blues. Read on for my tips…
• Keep moving! Experts agree that one of the best ways to avoid the blues is by maintaining a regular exercise routine. In fact, studies have shown that exercise is a more effective treatment for depression than antidepressants.
• Get some sun. Even a small amount of sun exposure releases feel-good chemicals in the brain. Although the jury is still out on this one, personally from Jan to March I turn to the tanning bed once a month for some rays. And be sure to take your vitamin D supplement daily!!
• Think Color! No more black all winter long. Color can give you a real boost and if you don’t own any bright clothing, now is the perfect time to treat yourself to a new scarf, gloves or hat. Buy a new bouquet of colorful flowers each week to brighten your day.
• Stay Social or try something new. Developing an interest in something new will make you feel good during those long winter months. Think dance class or learning to knit or simply start a monthly dinner club or have game night inside.
• Take your vitamins. A good multi is key year round but especially during the winter months. Look for a vitamins that provides a complete balance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. B vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and iron are especially important in those suffering from low energy.
• Go herbal. Saint John’s wart is most commonly used herb for treating depression and seasonal affective disorder aka “winter blues”.
Is there something that you do to help you battle the blues? Share your thoughts with me below and tune in next entry for the foods that help boost your immune system and help you steer clear of those winter blues.