Beating the Winter Blues

Beating the Winter Blues

Author -  Good Health

1. Go outside within two hours of waking up

Even if it’s cold, taking a walk around the block and soaking in the natural daylight will help lift your mood.

2. Take Vitamin D3 supplements

Studies conducted during winter on people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) found that vitamin D3 supplements produced improvements in various measures of mood.

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3. Eat more complex carbohydrates

You might crave junk food and greasy comforting things like pizza and pasta during the sluggish, cold winter months, but satisfying yourself with sugar and refined flours will only make you feel worse. Complex carbs take longer to digest which means they don’t cause spikes in blood sugar that can create a roller-coaster feeling; they also increase levels of serotonin in the brain for mood support. Opt for whole grains and complex carbs like pumpkin, kumara, spinach, yams, broccoli, beans, zucchini, lentils, skim milk, and more, which will fill you up while also providing long-lasting nourishment.

4. Stay social

Although it’s tempting to hibernate and avoid going out completely in the winter, encourage yourself to maintain your favourite social activities. Lolling around on your couch binge watching your favourite TV shows feels good in the moment, but in the long run, being around your friends will brighten your mood way more.

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5. Make your house brighter

It’s all about getting as much natural light into your house or apartment as possible. Keep your blinds and curtains totally open during the day, and if necessary, trim the shade-throwing trees around your windows. Use bright colours on your walls and light coloured upholstery where possible. Clutter can be mentally discouraging, so clean your room and house as often as possible.

6. Make your bed every day

It’s a simple way to feel accomplished. Bonus: It will keep you from getting back into it!

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7. Limit your caffeine intake

Sweet, sugary caffeine-filled drinks spike your insulin levels while dropping blood sugar levels, contributing to a sense of fatigue. All that caffeinated coffee and tea can be dehydrating too. Up your water intake and opt for decaf - your body will thank you for it.

8. Get some exercise

Who wants to go to the gym when there are so many other things to do that require less effort? While motivation may be lacking, it is interesting to note that physical exercise has proven to be a depression buster.

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9. Buy some flowers for the house - treat yourself!

Splurge on something as simple as flowers for your home, or anything that will give your everyday routine a little extra flare. Coming home each day to a beautiful aroma and bright cheery flowers can instantly brighten your mood.

10. Keep a set sleep schedule

Sleeping until noon on winter weekends may feel restorative at the time, but if you can, try to adhere to a regular sleeping schedule. Your body and mind will thrive when keeping to a regular sleep rhythm and balanced body clock.

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