Fight the Winter Blues

Sara K. Larsen - Monday, January 20, 2014

As winter continues, you might notice that you feel more tired, less motivated, and all you want to do is stay inside. You are not alone! This happens to many people during the winter months. Here are three ways you can fight the winter blues. 

  1. Exercise. It's harder to squeeze exercise in when the days are shorter and colder, but exercise is beneficial on so many levels. Studies show that 30-60 minutes of exercise significantly reduce the the feelings of depression brought on by the winter blues. Exercise increases your heart rate which then tells your body to release endorphins. The endorphins make you feel more energized and happier overall. 
  2. Eat a healthy, balanced diet. People who suffer from the winter blues usually reach for comfort foods which are high in refined sugars and white flour. This can lead to a quick high from the sugar, followed by a crash that will leave you feel down and lethargic. Instead, try to reach for complex carbs, fish that has omega-3 fatty acids, leafy greens that have vitamin B and egg yolks for vitamin D. 
  3. Sunlight. Try to expose yourself to sunlight as early in the morning as possible to help wake you up. Also, try to find time during the day when it is sunny to go outside and get some fresh air. Increasing the amount of vitamin D will give you a boost of energy and help you feel better.
Have you experienced the winter blues? What are your tips for getting through the winter months?