Most of the country this week has been iced over.
Just watching it on the news makes me feel for everyone dealing with the weather conditions.
And not just that … dreary days that contribute to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as the “Winter Blues”, which is a common condition that affects millions of people during the winter months.
Symptoms of SAD include feelings of sadness, hopelessness, irritability, and a lack of energy and motivation.
While it is normal to feel a little down from time to time, if you are experiencing symptoms of SAD, it is important to take steps to boost your mood and maintain good mental health.
Luckily, there are many natural ways to help improve your mood and fight seasonal affective disorder.
Here are some things to try:
- Get outside: One of the most effective ways to fight SAD is to spend time outside. Even if it is cold and overcast, natural light is still important for regulating your circadian rhythm and boosting your mood.
- Exercise regularly: Exercise is a powerful mood booster and can help alleviate symptoms of SAD. Even a short walk around the block or a few minutes of stretching can make a big difference.
- Connect with others: Spending time with friends, family, or loved ones can help improve your mood and alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness. Even on Zoom.
- Practice mindfulness and meditation: It can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and improve your overall mood and well-being.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet: Eating a well-balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins can help improve your mood and provide your body with the nutrients it needs to function optimally.
- Get enough sleep: A good night’s sleep is essential for maintaining good mental health, and a lack of sleep can make symptoms of SAD worse.
- Take some Vitamin D3. You see, low levels of Vitamin D3 have been found in people with SAD. Taking Vitamin D3, and even Vitamin B, are known to boost mood.
- Seek professional help: If your symptoms of SAD are severe, it may be helpful to seek the help of mental-health professionals. They can provide you with counseling, therapy, and/or medication, to help alleviate your symptoms.
But give some of these a try … sometimes you just have to force yourself.
And by taking care of yourself, you can help boost your mood and feel better during the winter months in no time!
Have a great weekend.