During the winter months, do you find yourself feeling a little bit down? You’re not alone–in fact one in four people are diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) that makes winter depression even worse. This is more than just missing the sunshine during the cold, dark months. Here are some tips for beating this and learning to enjoy what winter has to offer.
Unless you live near the North Pole, winter days may be short, but they do bring some light for most of the day. Make an effort to get outside at lease once or twice a day. You will soak up vitamin D from the sun and that will actually help you to feel better. Even if you can’t get outside, find a sunny window and sit there for a few minutes or bundle up and take a brisk walk.
Speaking of exercise, this is a great way to start off the new year in a healthier way. Exercise is a great way to combat SAD since it releases endorphins that make you feel better. You’re also working to increase your stamina and tone up muscles.
Eating healthy during the winter can seem like a challenging task. But there are still fruits and veggies that are in season this time of year that are tasty and versatile. Try to stay away from processed foods, sugar and fats. They aren’t good for you, but can be especially harmful if you’re eating them in high amounts and not moving around very much.
Just because winter’s days are shorter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy everything the season has to offer. Get outside and have a little fun. Take a walk or maybe build snow forts with your kids. It’s not only enjoyable, but it can also help elevate your mood and make you feel better.