When your mood is falling in the same direction as the thermometer, you are struggling to get out of bed, and the daylight hours are getting shorter, you may be experiencing what is known as the “winter blues”. The winter blues must not be mistaken for depression. The winter blues are in fact, quite common with most of us experiencing a slight, but noticeable mood shift during certain parts of the year when the days are colder and darker. Common symptoms include feeling more lethargic and down. The good news is that the winter blues typically don’t hinder our life enjoyments and only last for a few weeks. Sometimes we just need a little help fighting the winter blues, lifting our spirits and easing away those winter blues.
Here are our top three tips for fighting the winter blues:
1. We know that daylight brightens up our moods. During winter we tend to crave it. Our tip to you is make your home environment brighter. Set up an artificial light, and trick your body to a brighter environment. For just a few minutes each day, this artificial light can be as effective as antidepressants.
2. We have heard it all before, but the foods we eat can enhance or inhibit moods. Although at the moment of consumption, certain foods like starchy carbs make us feel pretty good, they ultimately increase our winter blues, specifically by affecting our feelings of anxiety and depression. So eat foods to help to enhance your mood. Examples include: dark chocolate, salmon, herbal teas, mixed berries and dark green leafy vegetables.
3. We know that going walking has many benefits, especially on our emotions and mindset. Going for a walk, even with dropping temperatures, although may be a challenge, offers benefits. Walking outdoors lowers stress levels, reduces feelings of sadness, and helps keep us focused.
Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss. Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.