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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Beating The Winter Blues

The days are shorter and there is hardly any sunlight. this affects many people in a negative way; they get tired, lethargic, irritable, and it is quite common even to become depressed and also lower your vitamin D. This is referred to as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

I found 7 ways to beat and/or prevent these symptoms:

Set the alarm clock
By getting up early and going to bed on time, you keep your body in a good rhytm and your energy levels up. Feeling more energetic will keep you in a better mood too. You can also try a sun lamp to compensate for lack of sunshine.

Take public transportation or car pool
Not having to worry about scraping your windshield and waiting until the heater finally warms up your car, and you, is a huge plus. Even socializing will lift your spirits.

Buy a new winter coat
You will be eager and looking forward to wearing your new coat. I suppose there is some truth in going shopping to beat the blues, huh? Grin.

Change your diet
Avoid fat foods and incorporate more nuts and veggies in your diet. It is better to eat small portions more often and keep it light; this prods your metabolism to work harder and you will burn more calories.

Find a winter activity
We are often less active during the winter season, but exercising will burn calories and increases your body temperature. Go for a walk, or join a gym. Yes, the latter is another good way to socialize, which is very helpful in beating the winter blues.

Diverting your mind is always helpful. Find a book which peaks your interest; you can do that online, at the bookstore, or by going to the library, wearing your new coat. :-)

Increase your liquid intake
It may not seem like it, but cold weather can cause mild dehydration. Water is the key; drink it as often as you can. Should you get bored with just plain water, add some lemon juice, or try hot apple cider or hot decaffeinated tea.

We love the cold of winter and fortunately are no victim of the winter blues. We usually stay inside most of the summer, due to the heat and that tends to get to me. I suppose I suffer from the Summer blues. Maybe these remedies will work for that too.

I specifically like the idea of reading more; The Bible is always so uplifting, comforting and fulfilling. I can't think of a better way to beat any of the blues that may come my way!

Isaiah 49:10
They shall neither hunger nor thirst, Neither heat nor sun shall strike them; For He who has mercy on them will lead them, Even by the springs of water He will guide them.


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