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How to Beat The Winter Blues

Posted by: Mira Roberts
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Winter blues have a way of sneaking in on those affected by shorter days and longer nights, and before you know it, you may find it hard to wake up in the morning or have the energy to keep up with holiday cheer. Stay ahead of any changes to your mood this season by taking preventative steps now to keep your body, mind and spirit feeling rested, nourished and fulfilled.

You don’t have to spend the next 3 months on an island paradise to survive a long winter at home. In fact, if you eat healthy, nutritious foods, stay committed to moving a little bit every day and turn some of your attention toward helping those in need, you may find yourself feeling as peppy and energized as you did last June.

There are simple strategies to help you beat the winter blues before they beat you, and we’ve highlighted 5 easy ways to begin!

*Before you make any changes to your lifestyle or routine, make sure to consult your physician first.


Eat Well
While cold, damp weather may have you reaching for sugar and carbs, now is the time to be vigilant about eating nutritious foods that will give you the fuel you need to feel your best. Aim for a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as lean proteins and whole grains. Watch your alcohol and caffeine consumption, as these can both be dehydrating and affect your mood if consumed in excess.

Get Moving
We know it can be hard to get up and go in the cold, but your mood wants you to move. Try to get 30 minutes of movement in each day to help get your blood flowing. Whether you get those 30 minutes in on a walk with your pup, on a bike at the gym or on a yoga mat in the community yoga studio, it all counts.

Volunteer
Helping others in need is a rewarding and fulfilling way to put your energy to good use, no matter how limited, tired and down you may feel. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen, offer to tutor at-risk kids or spend time reading to seniors at a nearby assisted living facility, and you may find that helping others has the surprising side effect of helping you.

Head outside
Fresh air and vitamin D are hard to replicate, and getting outside, even for small periods of time each day will go a long way to helping you to refresh and reset. Bundle up and head outside for a 10 minute walk around the block, or pour yourself a warm cup of cocoa and gather with friends in one of our outdoor living spaces for cozy, winter social time.

Plan a Trip
When in doubt, plan a vacation to some place warm and sunny, and take a short break from the cold and gray of winter. If you know that February or early March become particularly challenging for you, plan ahead and book a long weekend in your favorite, sunny spot. It’ll give you something to look forward on those brisk January days, and it will help give you the recharge you need to make it through those last, chilly weeks of winter.


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Mira Roberts

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 

 

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