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10 Tips to Beat the Winter Blues

1. Vitamin D3

  • Due to its effects on hormones in the body, it’s thought to affect your mood by improving your sense of well-being.

  • Vitamin D can be highly effective in high doses such as 1000-5000 IU for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

  • Vitamin D levels can be checked by a simple blood test—speak with your doctor to check your levels.

  • Just a suggestion, when taking Vitamin D3 please make sure it comes from a superfood source. Ask me for details if you’d like some recommendations.

2. Use light therapy or a sunlamp

  • As little as 15 minutes of light therapy treats the cause of SAD—lack of light—without any side effects

3. Take time to rest and hibernate

  • Go to bed early, say no to too many activities/making other people happy instead of yourself

4. Eat warm and warming foods (soups, curries, and stews)

5. Go outside to get sun (when available) and fresh air (ice skating, walks, skiing, sledding)

6. Find some friends and get together for a laugh.

  • Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, trigger endorphins, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Laughing with others is even more powerful than laughing alone. Try watching improv or stand-up comedy in your town.

7. Hot tubs (great for stimulating blood flow and helping you relax)

8. Movement every day that gets you sweaty (dancing, hot yoga, indoor cycling, sex)

9. Get some great looking, vibrant colored, well fitted winter clothes to keep warm without feeling dumpy

10. Take up a new hobby or learn something new.

  • Singing, knitting, keeping a journal, learning a language or writing a blog. The important thing is that you have something to look forward to and concentrate on.

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