As a lifelong lover of sunshine and summertime, the lack of sun and cold temps always bummed me out during the winters here in Michigan! I still call it the ‘winter blues.’ If your smile seems to be drooping along with the temps, it’s probably not your imagination. Seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.) which is a reaction to reduced sunlight, affects up to 20% of us–and three quarters of those affected are women. Good news is that there are ways to make yourself feel better, check it out….
Here are a few ideas to beat the ‘winter blues’ aka S.A.D.:
Take a sunny stroll – Sunlight-drenched strolls help clear your SAD symptoms by giving you a boost of vitamin D, which most of our bodies are craving (especially in gray weather.)
Burn calories for warmth – We know it’s tempting, but resist the urge to hibernate until spring. A study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center found that women moved the least in December, January, and February, burning 10% fewer calories than they do in summer.
Pump up your produce – The secret to happiness may be at the end of your fork. People who ate the most fruits and veggies were less likely to be anxious, depressed, and show signs of other mental disorders
Whenever I have been able to afford a warm weather getaway, I plan it in advance for ‘mid-winter’ and save my money and then travel somewhere warm and sunny. Looking forward to the trip helps when I am feeling the effects of lack of sunshine, and making it in the middle of winter seems to shorten this season that I like the least!
How do you beat Seasonal Affective Disorder?
For more great tips on S.A.D. visit the Huffington Post