Blah! How to stay happy during the colder months.

October 19, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Almost time to Fall back. The days are getting shorter, there’s a chill in the air. Before you know it, it’s winter. Increasing feelings of depression during the winter months may be arising. Lets discuss strategies to stop the winter blahs.
Seasonal Affective Disorder – Winter Depression
There is a clinical form of depression that only occurs during winter? It is called Seasonal Affective Disorder. People who are affected by winter depression have serious symptoms like anxiety, fatigue, weight gain and more.
strategies to stay happy during the winter months
1. Check the forecast
Sunlight causes the production of Vitamin D in your body and this is a natural antidepressant. Get outside often.
Bundle up and go for a walk. I love to get out and go for a run.
2. Exercise
When you exercise your body releases endorphins which make you feel happy. Exercise is a great way to help beat the winter blahs.
Join an exercise group. Many gyms will be offering Holiday Specials soon.
3. Drink green tea
Green tea is a very helpful antidepressant.
4. Cut out coffee
Coffee can cause you to feel anxious stressed and depressed.
5. Be aware of your body
Be aware of the depression creeping in during the winter months. Dont hide all winter under baggy sweats and bulky sweaters.
Bottom line
With a little mindfulness and a lot of fun, you can keep the blahs at bay during the winter. And when bikini season comes around, you’ll be ready!
Fun suggestions
1.) walking videos, mall walking
2.) Indoor pools- If your local gym does not have a pool, check around with local high schools and community colleges.
3.) Hit the slopes- If not downhill skiing, try out a few local state parks for cross-country trails.
4.) Salsa dancing, ballroom, jazz, and belly dancing- Dance classes for adults are popular these days.
5.) Yoga- It works by stretching, toning and strengthening your muscles. It also quiets your mind.

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