Managing Your Winter Blues
During winter we experience cold weather, shorter days, and in some instances, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). If you are experiencing SAD, know that you are not alone. It is common for adults and even children to feel depressed, or down, during the winter months.
Continue reading to learn five remedies that will help keep your mind sharp and your thoughts happy.
1. Go Outside
It’s important to step outside and get some fresh air to clear your mind. Try to go out when the sun is brightest, during the afternoon. Take a walk around the block a few times and absorb as much sunlight as possible.
2. Stay Warm
Nobody likes to be cold, and the bitter temperatures can contribute to your seasonal depression. Make sure to bundle up when going outside. Drinking warm drinks such as tea or coffee will help soothe you.
3. Maintain a Healthy Diet
Eating right keeps your brain sharp and your body feeling good. If you eat plenty of protein along with vegetables and fruits, you will have optimum energy to enjoy each day.
4. Visit with Friends and Family
Socializing is beneficial when dealing with seasonal depression. Surround yourself with good friends who will lift your spirits.
5. Exercise Regularly
What they say is true: Exercise releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy. Set a weekly exercise routine so that you are up and moving. Not only is exercising good for your body, but it’s also a great way to clear your mind.