winter blues

Is it over yet? Is it spring?

I am not usually the type to linger on the weather, but man… This season has been a doozey!  It doesn’t seem to want to end! If you are like me and are solar-energized then you are feeling the drain of this cold, dreary winter.  I am finding it hard to get up and get motivated to get anything done! (My toddler and infant help- but it still isn’t easy)

So what are you gonna do about it?! What am I gonna do about it!?

I didn’t really know either… so I looked it up.

Here are some of the tips I found helpful:

  • VITAMIN D: During the winter, we don’t get enough vitamin D, which can cause a decline in our immune systems. Without this vitamin our body’s T Cells — which work to ward off foreign pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses — are weakened and cannot do their job. Taking vitamin D supplements and consuming foods such as fish, mushrooms, eggs and meat will help keep us healthy throughout the season.
  • DON’T BE A HERMIT: Make a concerted effort to not withdraw from social situations. Resist the urge to bail on plans with friends just because it’s snowing and you don’t want to leave the warmth of your apartment. Being around people you enjoy is a way to get laughing and elevate your mood, which will also release endorphins and make you a happier, healthier person. After all, laughter is the best medicine.
  • VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME: Gandhi once wrote that “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Positive psychologists like University of Pennsylvania’s Martin Seligman and Dan Baker, Ph.D., director of the Life Enhancement Program at Canyon Ranch, believe that a sense of purpose–committing oneself to a noble mission–and acts of altruism are strong antidotes to winter depression
  • EXCERCISE: As if we needed another reason to get fit! Exercise isn’t only for maintaining your weight and staying healthy. It’s great for relieving the stresses of life. Plus, the effects of a good workout can last for several hours after you hit the showers. You’ll have more energy throughout the day, and your metabolism with stay elevated too. Exercise also helps your mind by releasing those “feel good chemicals” that improve your mood. 
  • ADD SOME COLOUR TO YOUR WORLD: Bring in fresh flowers, add brightly colored accents or pictures to your home or paint a room with a bright color. Having bright colors around can improve mood.

Do you feel better already?
There are more tips where those came from- check out my reference links below!

HAPPY ‘ALMOST THE END OF’ WINTER!!!

-Crystal-

REFERENCES:

http://www.healthcentral.com/adhd/adult-adhd-274795-5.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/oz-garcia/seasonal-affective-disorder_b_809056.html

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2009/01/04/12-winter-depression-busters/

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_articles.asp?id=341

One thought on “BEATING THE WINTER BLUES

  1. Good day! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after looking
    at some of the posts I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow,
    I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back often!

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