Beat The Winter Blues

Beat The Winter Blues

If you think that feeling down in winter has to do with the lack of sunlight. You’re right.

The winter brings shorter, grayer days and that couple with spending most of our time indoors working means you aren’t getting the natural Vitamin D you need.

Extreme cases of the Winter Blues can turn into a depressed state known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. That’s when things get really nasty.

The easiest thing to fix it is to just wave your magic wand and make the sun come out and the clouds to disappear.

But you can’t really change the weather, so here are a few things you can do to help lift your spirit and mood.

 

Frye offers these tips to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the winter:

  1. Get outside. There is no substitute for natural light. If you work during the day, try to go for a walk during a break or lunch.

  2. Light therapy boxes can help boost your mood when you’re unable to get outdoors.

  3. Get regular exercise: at least three times a week for 30 minutes.

  4. Stay social. Interact with family and friends regularly.

 

 

Related Info -

Question: What are the most common physical and mental health challenges adults face during the gray and cold days of winter?

Answer: The fewer hours of daytime sunlight and cold, wet weather can be both emotionally and physically difficult to deal with. Many people suffer from an extreme form of winter blues called seasonal affective disorder, which can be like a winter depression. Additionally, the cold can cause flares of many diseases like arthritis and asthma. Older adults are at particular risk if they have weakness or balance problems and are at risk for falls in icy or wet weather. [source]

 

 

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