Beat the Winter Blues Early

September 22, 2016


beat the winter blues early

With Autumn upon us, now is the perfect time to set yourself up for success this Winter. Whether it’s the rain, lack of sunshine, or the cold weather that gets you down, here are some tips to beat those blues away.

1. Make your environment brighter.

When your body is craving more daylight, sitting next to an artificial light—also called a light box—for 30 minutes per day can be as effective as antidepressant medication. Opening blinds and curtains, trimming back tree branches, and sitting closer to windows can also help provide an extra dose of sunshine.  (Source: realsimple.com)

2. Keep Warm.

If your symptoms are so bad that you can’t live a normal life, see your GP for medical help. Being cold makes you more depressed. It’s also been shown that staying warm can reduce the winter blues by half. Keep warm with hot drinks and hot food. Wear warm clothes and shoes, and aim to keep your home between 18C and 21C (or 64F and 70F degrees).  (Source: www.nhs.uk)

3. Be Social.

“Many people socialize less throughout the winter months,” says Mark Pottier, a psychologist in Yarmouth, N.S. But isolating yourself can only worsen those depressive symptoms. Pottier recommends finding reasons to get out of the house, like joining a hobby club or taking a class. Even planning a visit to out-of-town friends – if that luxury tropical vacation isn’t feasible – can help break up the winter.  (Source: readersdigest.ca)

4. Exercise.

As if we needed another reason to get fit! Exercise isn’t only for maintaining your weight and staying healthy. It’s great for relieving the stresses of life. Plus, the effects of a good workout can last for several hours after you hit the showers. You’ll have more energy throughout the day, and your metabolism with stay elevated too. Exercise also helps your mind by releasing those “feel good chemicals” that improve your mood.  (Source: sparkpeople.com)

5. Eat a Balanced Diet.

Treatments for SAD include medication, talk therapy, exercise, and eating a healthy diet. Use our mood-boosting recipes and meal ideas to help you fight off SAD with your fork. (Source: healthline.com)

Thank you for reading;) We hope that these help set you up for a fun and joyous Autumn and Winter season.

 

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