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Beating the Winter Blues

By Donna Stark

Are you struggling with fatigue and low energy levels? Do you have trouble thinking clearly or finding moments of happiness during your days? Winter can be tough for many reasons, but it's especially so if you suffer from the winter blues. What are the winter blues? Well, the winter blues, otherwise known as seasonal affective disorder, is a type of depression that occurs as the seasons transition from the crisp, cool weather of fall to the dark, cold, dreary days of winter.

Eliminating the Blues

Although seasonal affective disorder can make you feel awfully lonely, the good news is that you are definitely not alone. There are plenty of others who are struggling with this condition too! Fortunately, there are some simple lifestyle changes you can make to brighten your days. Take a look at them below.

  • Chiropractic care - Regular chiropractic adjustments can help relieve many of the symptoms associated with seasonal affective disorder. They can ease muscle tension, reduce stress, and improve sleep. They can also boost your moods, energy levels, and immune system.
  • Connections with others - Connecting with others and nurturing the relationships you have with friends and family can help you fight loneliness and beat the winter blues. Make it a point to surround yourself with loved ones who are supportive of what you are going through.
  • Daily exercise - Did you know that stress and anxiety can make your seasonal affective disorder worse? And if so, did you also know that exercise is a great way to reduce their levels? With as little as 30 minutes a day, you will start to feel better in no time.
  • Loads of sunshine - No matter how dreary the weather may be, try to add more sunlight to your days! Go for a morning walk, open the blinds in your home, or position your favorite chair by a window. Shoot for as much time outside as you possibly can.
  • Consistent routine - Above all, it is important to maintain a consistent daily routine. Don't stray too far from the times when you regularly eat your meals, and try to wake up and go to bed at the same time each day.

Beating the Winter Blues

Dreary mornings, overcast days, and darker-than-dark nights can have a terrible effect on your physical and mental health, but with the simple changes above, you can look forward to sunnier days and a happier disposition! Don't let seasonal affective disorder get the best of you this year. Stay ahead of it by making those changes today.

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

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