How to Beat the Winter Blues

February 19, 2019

Whether you call it the “winter blues” or “seasonal affective disorder,” the gloomy feeling that often descends during months of cold, short days is pretty common, but it’s not inevitable. Stave off the winter blues with these tips.

  1. Soak up some faux sunshine. Natural light is in short supply throughout the winter, which is part of the reason you might get in a funk. There are alternatives, however! Try a lamp that emulates the sunlight. A mere 30 minutes could noticeably improve your mood. On days when you can get outside for some sunshine, take full advantage of the opportunity.

  2. Vary your diet. The way you eat doesn’t just affect your physical health, it plays a role in your mental health, too. That’s why you should aim for a healthy, balanced diet year-round, but especially in the winter months. Devour plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies, fish packed with healthy omega-3 fats, and lean proteins.

  3. Don’t forget to exercise. It’s natural to fall off the workout wagon when it’s cold outside and your favorite running paths are blanketed with snow. But if you can get yourself off the couch and to the gym, you won’t regret it. Exercise releases endorphins that naturally boost your mood, even if you just jog for 20 minutes.

  4. Embrace the cozy vibes. There are positive aspects of winter weather. Nothing beats curling up with a cup of hot cocoa and your favorite book. So remember to enjoy the good things about the cold weather—you might miss them come spring!

Winter blues? 6 ways to improve mood and energy [mdanderson.org]
Winter Blues? Try These 10 Food Tips to Help Ease Symptoms [healthline.com]
6 Winter Mood Boosters [weather.com]

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