Posted on 02/08/2017 at 12:00 AM by Troy Cummings
Tis the season for gray skies, cold and wind. The weather outside has a way of reflecting itself into our bodies this time of year. It’s almost a feeling of isolation when you cannot get out and stretch your legs and warm yourself in the sun. So, if you find yourself feeling this way, don’t worry, you are not alone! It’s not in your head and is, actually, a real thing. Let’s start with what the “Winter Blues” actually are:
It’s called (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder. It affects everyone most commonly in the wintertime and makes you feel like you are not quite yourself. Some of the symptoms of (SAD) are:
- Less Energy
- Trouble Concentrating
- Greater appetite
- Fatigue and general feeling of being unwell
- Increased need for sleep
- Desire to just be alone
- Weight gain
- No motivation
- Feeling foggy (brain fog)
So, now that we know what it is that makes us feel so bummed out, here are some ways to beat those winter blues:
- Make your environment brighter! Get as much sunshine as you can. Use light colors and steer clear from darks (black, etc.)
- Eat smarter and healthier. Try several light meals during the day and make sure to include a lean protein and plenty of leafy greens and fresh veggies and fruits. Try to limit your carbohydrates as they tend to increase feelings of Anxiety or depression.
- Turn up the tunes! Find your favorite music and get lost in it! Find something upbeat and fun that will lighten your mood.
- Exercise, get out and walk. Sit-ups, crunches, stretches, etc.
- Try a sun lamp or Himalayan salt lamp.
- Get outside! That sunshine and vitamin D will do wonders for your mood. It can improve your focus, reduce your symptoms and lower your stress levels.
Spring is just around the corner! We are all ready for it, hang in there!
Written by Andrea Prymek