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How to Beat the Winter Blues

By on April 24, 2015

How to Beat the Winter Blues
Those freezing temperatures and shorter days can have a major impact on your mood, even if you don’t realize it. Do you ever feel like you are less happy during the winter months? If so, you might be experiencing SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Yes, it’s a real thing, but there are a few things you can do to get out of your cold weather funk.

Get Moving
SAD is a type of depression, and like other forms of depression, getting some exercise can make you feel better. Try to add around 30 minutes of exercise to your day, and you will likely notice a major difference in how you feel. Exercising releases endorphins, which are known as the “feel good” hormones. When you get moving, you’ll make yourself feel better naturally.

Get Thee to the Light
The winter months are also the darkest, and this can have a serious impact on how you feel. Try making it a point to open your blinds, or move your desk closer to the window. Actually being around bright, natural light can beat back those blues in no time. If you can’t get closer to a window, or if you live too close to others to feel comfortable opening up your curtains and blinds, invest in a light box. These specially designed light sources simulate the natural light from the sun, and spending just 30 minutes next to one can seriously decrease your sad feelings.

Create Your Own Dawn
While it might seem strange, waking up when it’s still dark can also affect your mood. Buy a timer or a specially-designed simulator that makes the lights in your bedroom gradually get brighter when it’s time for you to wake up. This will trick your body into forgetting that it is still dark outside, and help get rid of that ‘no I don’t want to get up yet’ feeling so you start your day in a better mood. It can also help get rid of fatigue and feelings of lethargy that are common in those affected by SAD.

Eat Healthier
The foods you eat can seriously affect your mood. If you tend to munch on carbs and sugary treats, start switching them out with healthier options or even fresh juice. You can also grab an ounce of dark chocolate if you really crave something sweet – it’s been proven to help beat stress and anxiety so you really do feel less stressed and depressed.

Take a Walk
While going out in the cold may not seem all that appealing, taking a brisk walk can help ease those feelings of being down. Not only will you be getting some exercise, you’ll also be exposing yourself to natural light, both of which can give you a major mood boost.

If winter leaves you feeling blue, you aren’t alone. SAD affects millions of people each year, but these tips can actually help. If you are feeling down, just making these small changes can make you feel happier, without having to resort to medications.

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About Lionel Correia

Lionel is a fitness enthusiast, juicing advocate, and serial entrepreneur. He loves real estate, but is even more passionate about health, wellness and a positive mindset. He’s a graduate of the University of Arizona and prides himself on establishing great habits because great habits lead to great results. His favorite workouts include, yoga, spin class, sprints on the track and resistance training. He believes that if you desire a strong healthy body, you must first build mental toughness because a healthy body requires a disciplined mind and great habits.

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