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5 Ways to Fight the Winter Blues

With winter approaching, and our daylight hours getting shorter, it's common to feel lethargic or sad, some may even develop SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder. Here are 5 ways to help you fight off the winter blues and combat Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Symptoms of SAD include:

  • depresssion

  • difficulty sleeping

  • lethargy

  • overeating

  • irritability

  • feeling down and unsociable

Stay active - Starting or continuing a workout routine to stay active can help to fight off winter blues by increasing the production of serotonin and dopamine, known as the feel-good hormones, which can help to decrease feelings of anxiety and depression. Staying active can also help to increase energy levels, which can help decrease lethargy.

Work out with other people - research shows that one of the best ways to ward off feelings of lonliness and depression is to be around other people. Getting involved in group classes is a great way to meet new people and create a feeling of belonging.

Eat healthy - eating a balanced diet of carbs, protein, and fats can aid in balancing and promoting hormone production, increasing energy levels, and promoting brain health.

Get natural light - with shorter daylight hours in the winter, getting outside in the sun daily for a least 10-15 minutes is extremely important for:

  • vitamin D production

  • increasing mood

  • better sleep

  • increase energy levels

Set a bedtime routine - going to bed and waking up at the same time, even on weekends, can help to align your circadian rhythm, decrease stress, improve recovery, increase immune function, and increase energy levels.

Start a new hobby - starting a new hobby can help keep you occupied and mentally focused during the winter months and improve your mood.

For more information or help with the above tips contact on of our Health and Fitness professionals today at

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