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Friday, January 25, 2008

How to avoid the Winter Blues

Do you find yourself in a winter of discontent? Do you feel depressed and fatigued?
Do you eat your way through the winter months until the warm weather and long sunny days return? If you’re like many other people, you may have a winter of discontent in reality…but it is actually a result of your body hormonal imbalance and it can definitely be tracked.

If this sounds like you, then you may have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
SAD is brought on by decreased brain production of Serotonin (the hormone contributing to wakefulness and elevated mood and sets your inner clock) and increased Melatonin (a sleep-related hormone that causes hibernation tendencies). While this is common – it can be avoided. Here are some easy steps you can take to eliminate SAD.

First, shed some light on this situation. You need 20 minutes a day of natural light on the retina of the eyes (without glasses or windows blocking the light). Open your blinds or bundle up and take a stroll outdoors and let the sunlight in.

Also, make sure you maintain your exercise schedule when it’s cold outside. There are many indoor activities that can keep you fit through the winter months. You can ride a stationary bike, do floor exercises or walk on a treadmill. When you exercise your mood automatically improves and you won’t have to do so much “catching up” once Spring arrives.

Next, take natural steps to fight this condition. Eat a reasonable amount of complex carbohydrates (fruit, grains, potatoes, etc.). This will chemically stimulate your serotonin levels, elevating your mood.

In addition, stay connected with people you enjoy being around. They can offer support as well as give you a mental boost.

An ounce of prevention is worth the effort and by following this easy game plan you will feel energized and optimistic instead of depressed and fatigued.
By the way, send this important information to anyone that may benefit from it.

Have a Happy and Healthy Day!