Monday, February 22, 2010

WinterTime Blues

This is the time of the year when it is very easy to become depressed or to get the "wintertime blues".  If you find yourself lacking in energy or just do not feel like doing things that you normally enjoy, you may have a mild case of the blues.  If you are finding that the cold temperatures and the gray skies are affecting your outlook on the day, you will be glad to hear that there are some very simple things you can do to help you.

1.  Diet - It is very easy for us to grab sweets and high carbohydrates when feeling down.  These foods only add to the symptoms.  Instead, we need to have a well rounded diet of proteins, vegetables, and fruit.

2.  Supplements -  Make sure that you are getting enough Vitamin D.  With the cloudy skies and shorter days during the winter months, we are not getting exposure to the sun.  A good supplement can help give you the needed Vitamin D.

3.  Light - Make your surroundings as bright as possible.  Leave you blinds and drapes open to allow any winter sunlight in to your home.  Turn on more table lights if you need to.

4.  Exercise - Be sure to get plenty of exercise during the winter months.  It will lower stress and anxiety and at the same time lift your mood.   If possible, exercise outside in the fresh air. 

5.  Rest - Make sure to get your recommended 8 hours of sleep each night.  When you are tired from lack of sleep, your mood is going to be effected.

6.  Social Activity - Be sure to have contact with others.  If you live alone, make plans with others to get out of your home environment.  Spending time with friends and family outside the home settings will lift your moods.

7.  Aromatherapy - Having pleasing scents can boost your mood.  Think about burning candles, filling your home with fresh baked smells, or just purchase a new lotion to use.

Don't let the colder days of winter bring you down.  Remember, spring will be here before you know it.  If you cannot wait for spring, purchase some fresh flowers to brighten your home.