Beat the Winter Blues

Can’t seem to shake that tired feeling? Experiencing low energy and mood swings? You’re not alone. Many people feel a little down when Old Man Winter comes around. But you can make his visit more inviting with these tips:

  • Exercise — Jump, dance, run, bike… physical activity can relieve stress, decrease cortisol (high levels of this hormone can lead to weight gain, muscle/joint pain, and insomnia), and increase endorphins (your body’s “feel good” chemicals).
  • Revisit resolutions — Dust off your list and refine your goals. Strengthening your resolve can give you the mental boost you need to make it through even the biggest chill.
  • Soak up some sun — It’s not only a great way to absorb vitamin D but also can be an excellent boost, especially for those with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition where lack of sunlight brings on feelings of depression during fall and winter.
  • Eat a healthy diet — What you eat definitely has a bearing on how you feel. Avoid refined or processed foods and opt for vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and plenty of water.
  • Get your rest — Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep. But don’t overdo it — too much may actually make you feel more tired. If you have to catch up on your zzz, take a 15-20 minute nap.

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