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Got the Winter Blues? Here Are Some Tips to Help

By Paul Rothbart

If you live in a region where it gets cold in the winter, this can be a tough season. Once the magic of the holidays is over, you're facing shorter periods of sunlight, and being stuck indoors much more often. It can create boredom, lethargy, and even depression. You don't have to let the winter blues get you down. Here are some tips to help you fight depression when the temperature drops.

Socialize

Just because being outside is not comfortable, it doesn't mean you can't interact with family and friends. Invite people over or go visiting. You have dinner together or just meet for coffee and chat. Being around others is great for mental health. It creates oxytocin in the body which elevates your mood and helps you feel better. Socializing is not just for holidays. It can be a frequent activity.

Exercise

Activity is good for mental health as well as physical. You can bundle up and take a daily walk around your neighborhood. If the weather is not cooperating, a treadmill or exercise bike can provide an excellent workout. You could even just walk around your house. I often spend a few minutes walking up and down stairs, which is great for cardio. There is a saying my therapist told me, "Move a muscle, change a thought". It works. Keep moving.

Laugh

Few things are as effective at elevating your mood as laughter. It's no coincidence that The Great Depression and the golden age of film comedy occurred in the same decade. Laughter can help put things in perspective, help you get more oxygen, and it just feels good. When you are socializing, hang out with funny friends. Get together to watch a great comedic film or play. 

Listen to Music

There is plenty of evidence to show the effect of music on your mood. Rhythm and vibrations surround us every day. Choose your favorite upbeat and fast tempo tunes. They can make you smile and you may even dance, getting the benefit of exercise to boot. I usually listen to music while doing household chores. The boost in energy and mood can take the doldrums out of pretty much anything. It's a great way to deal with feelings of depression. 

Winter does have its fun side, but it can also be a depressing time of year. Rather than stay blue until spring, try some of these tips to pump yourself up and improve your mood. Make winter as fun a time of year as any other.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rowlett, Tex.

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