Some people experience the blues as the temperature drops. If you are feeling bummed out accompanied with increased appetite and lethargy, then you are likely experiencing what is called as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. This is a condition that occurs due to lesser exposure to sunlight. In fact, about twenty percent of Americans are affected by SAD, mostly women. If you want to beat your winter woes, here are some tips that will surely be able to help.
Take a walk in the morning. To reduce SAD symptoms, going out of the house and taking a short stroll to a nearby park would allow you to get a needed boost of Vitamin D. Sun-drenched morning strolls will allow you to be exposed to sunlight which in turn will stimulate the body to produce Vitamin D.
Do not forgo exercise. Even though you feel like staying in bed or lying in the couch, you have to motivate yourself to continue doing your exercise routine throughout winter. It may be difficult but allowing your body to move instead of just sitting the whole day will do your health a lot of good.
Get some light by using a light box. The gloomy winter can prevent the body from producing mood-regulating hormones called as serotonin. Therefore you can activate serotonin production by using a light box that uses blue LEDs. Choose blue LEDs that have 470 nm peak wavelength.
Eat more whole foods – veggies and fruits. A study that used 80,000 test subjects revealed that people who consumed more fruits and vegetables during the winter had lesser chance of experiencing depression, anxiety as well as other symptoms pointing to mental-related ailments.
Sip chamomile tea. Tea is a perfect winter companion. Not only does tea is rich in antioxidants, it also has portent cancer-fighting properties. Chamomile tea, in particular, will help to soothe your mood and fight the winter blues.