Tips to Beat the Winter Blues
By Stepy Kamei
When you're in the thick of winter, it can be difficult to remember what it feels like to splay out on a warm sandy beach in the summer months. It's important to acknowledge the positive aspects of winter, such as the holiday season. However, we can't deny the less pleasant parts of this season either, from an increase in catching a cold or the flu, to battling cold, rough weather. Some people even find that their moods are heavily impacted by the decrease in sunlight, which can lead to a diagnosable condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
There are ways you can combat the winter blues. Simply make a commitment to add more healthy habits into your routine, and you may see more than a few benefits to your overall health and wellness in this season as well as the next one.
Seek Out Light Sources
Not having access to sunlight is one of the main negative aspects of the winter season. If you do live in a climate where you still receive some sunlight -- and in La Verne, that's the case -- try to be outdoors during that time as much as possible to allow your body to absorb the natural Vitamin D it needs from the sun for energy and a positive mood. Otherwise, do your best to keep many lights on in your house during the daylight hours so your body still stays in sync with its natural circadian rhythm. You may consider investing in a light therapy box if your moods are noticeably worse during the winter months. You can consult your primary care doctor for more information on this helpful device.
Stay Active and Moving
Winter always provides some great excuses for skipping a workout -- it's too cold, it's too dark out, etc. Still, you should make it a point to keep up with a fitness program regularly. There are plenty of exercises which can be performed indoors, from the use of ellipticals and cycling machines to indoor swimming pools or weight training.
Eat the Right Foods
Certain foods are considered healthy foods for a reason -- they can actually improve your mood. Leafy greens such as spinach and bok choy, as well as fish such as salmon, can provide a natural boost to your serotonin levels for increased feelings of optimism and positivity.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.