Feeling S.A.D? this is how you can beat the winter blues.
If you are one of the those that suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and usually find that you feel down during the winter than here are some ways to help you beat the Winter Blues may contribute to lessening and possibly alleviate some of its symptoms.
Get some Sun - Spend as much time in sunlight as it triggers the production of Serotonin in the brain to help maintain the body’s clock. Reposition yourself to sit by a window, go on walks or try using a SAD light to absorb a light therapy treatment. Even if the sky is overcast, we still get enough UV rays to start producing Vitamin D, we just need to stay out for longer periods of time than in the summer months
Maintain a healthy diet – Eating healthy is always important but can be highly beneficial if you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Plenty of food rich in proteins and nutrients, especially those high in Tryptophan will help in Serotonin production. Stay away from foods that are high in fat, carbs and caffeine because they can contribute towards feeling down and disturb your sleeping pattern.
Get more rest - Plenty of restful sleep is essential in recharging and keeping our batteries so getting eight hours of uninterrupted sleep will help you feel much better.
Socialise – Stay in regular contact with your family and friends because it is essential for staying happy whether it simply be a conversation over the phone, social gatherings or just taking a trip.
Relax with music - Numerous studies show that music affect our mood in a number of ways so listen to those that make you feel upbeat and happy, especially those that make you want to get up and dance. Reggae works for me.
Keep yourself entertained – Whether is it reading or watching your favourite TV series, it can boost your mood, especially comedy as laughter and the simple act of smiling will easily give your endorphins and serotonin production a kick in the rear end.
Keep on moving - Exercising regularly helps keep us healthy and naturally boots the neurotransmitters that keep energy levels topped up. Aim on doing an enjoyable activity for a minimum of forty minutes a day and if you can make it a social event, that will help as well.
Declutter - Having an early tangible and/or an emotional spring clean can help improve your mood as you will get rid of things you don’t need that may have been burdening your subconscious, plus it will keep you busy. This may also stir up some happy memories as you go, especially if you have a digital tidy-up and sort out those holiday or wedding photographs.
Take a break - If you are able to, taking a much-needed holiday in a sunnier climate can make all the difference, as the build-up will leave your mind busy with preparation and the trip itself will help you get the sunlight, activity and relaxing break your body may need. If your body is able to soak up enough sun it can help maintain Vitamin D production for a while after you return.
Learning something new - Discovering new talents and learning new skills can help beat the winter blues as it will take your mind off what could be contributing to your winter blues. I addition you will have the benefit of the feeling of achievement.
Hopefully one or more of these suggestions will help you beat the Winter Blues and will alleviate your low mood or Seasonal Affective Disorder so you can enjoy the season.
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