Does cloudy, cool weather make you sad? Or does it make you SAD? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a serious condition that can cause depression and other issues if left untreated.
Most people experience SAD during the fall and winter months when days are shorter and there is less light. via WebMD
How can you beat these winter blues? Here are a few tips to brighten your day:
– Let there be light. Assuming you can’t afford light therapy, the next best thing is to get out as often as possible. Many of you are leaving when the sun comes up and coming home when it’s already down again. Try to find rooms with windows or take a quick trip around the block every couple of hours. Fresh air and sunlight will do wonders for your health and esteem.
– Move it. Regular exercise has been found to reduce symptoms of moderate, nonseasonal depression. Yes, another reason to move that body of yours.
– Taste the rainbow. Be sure you are eating foods high in vitamins B6, B12 and D. Boost that low level of serotonin. You can also find these vitamins in fish, meat, chicken, cheese, milk, eggs and fortified cereals.
How do you brighten your mood?