Picture1The winter months can seem to stretch on and on, with little relief in sight. Sunshine becomes a rare commodity, and often times it can be difficult to get enough of it, as temperatures may be below freezing when the sun does make an appearance. As a result, you may feel down, experiencing what is commonly called the Winter Blues.  Clinically, it’s referred to Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.

Take heart. Spring will come. In the meantime, here are some things you can do to beat the Winter Blues.

  • Pay attention to what you eat. Eat foods that can boost your mood, such as those high in Vitamin C (citrus fruits, strawberries, bell peppers, broccoli, dark leafy greens), Omega-3 (fish, walnuts, flaxseedand supplement with Vitamin D, as many Wisconsin-ites are deficient in Vitamin D during the winter months.
  • Get some exercise. If you can’t get outdoors, use your indoor space. Dance, do some housework, walk in place. Any type of movement is better than none at all.
  • Get out of the house. Car rides can be beneficial, especially on sunny days. In a car, you can get sun from many different angles through the car windows, and you can feel more connected to the outside world.
  • Spend time with others. Whether in person or on the phone, take time to reach out and connect with other people.
  • Read a good book. Take your mind off of your negative thoughts and into another place and time by digging into a good book.
  • Listen to music or play your favorite instrument. Choose music that is uplifting and brings back good memories.
  • Be well-rested. To help yourself sleep better, relax at the end of the day with a warm bath, feel-good movie, or a good book.
  • Don’t despair. Remember, Spring will come.