With the holiday season coming to a close there are many of us who know one thing. The rest of the winter season comes with it’s own challenges. That is those of us who experience moderate and extreme cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Or commonly called the Winter Blues. Research has shown that nearly 10 million Americans are impacted by SAD. With statistics like that you or someone you love is bound to experience the Winter Blues at one point. That’s why in today’s post we’re going to look at 3 Simple Steps to Fight Winter Blues!
3 Simple Steps to Fight Winter Blues
- Stay Active For people who suffer with the winter blues that last thing they may want is to be active. Typically their day will revolve around doing as little as possible because, quite frankly, they’re too exhausted to want to do anything. One step you can take to combat seasonal affective disorder is stay active! Whether it’s visiting a gym, taking regular walks outside, signing up for a fitness or dance class it can help improve your overall emotional state.
- Eat Right This can be exceptionally challenging during the winter months. Especially since people who experience the Winter Blues typically crave carbohydrates and comfort foods in excess. By making a plan, shopping and preparing healthy meals, and sticking to your plan can greatly improve your physical and emotional wellbeing.
- Make Plans It has been proven that travel is good for your health. And that planning a trip or vacation once a year can improve your mood and outlook – giving yourself something to look forward to is a great step to help combat the Winter Blues. This simple step can help you focus on something positive and help get your creativity flowing!
Dealing with the Winter Blues is a serious matter and should be treated seriously. While these steps are helpful we recommend when you have prolonged symptoms for you to talk to your doctor and reach out to friends. These steps are easier when you have someone who can support you through and through.