Managing the Winter Blues

by Jessica

With seasonal affective disorder, one may crave carbohydrates in the form of starches and sweets. If needed, consume breads, pastas and pastries made of whole grains instead of white flour. Add more protein to the diet such as nuts, lean meat, fish and small amounts of fat from cheeses or other sources; some fresh fruit (it is even better to cook the fruit during the colder months); and plenty of cooked leafy vegetables, whole grains and baked vegetables such as yams or baked potatoes.

Exercise regularly by walking vigorously 20 minutes, 5-7 days per week, in the morning or when there is the most sunlight.

Work with lots of light by the windows to allow exposure to natural light.

Avoid overeating, as it will make you more tired, sensitive and depressed.

Try to go to bed earlier and get up earlier when there are more daylight hours. Avoid naps during the day, which can interfere with sleep in the evening.

Think positive, happy thoughts. Try not to worry or be fearful. Enjoy the warmth of family, friends or any activity that brings "fire" to your life. Cultivate joy, in the form of a hot cup of tea, a warm epsom salt bath, a brisk snowy walk, or some stretching in front of the fireplace.

Soon enough the crocuses will make their appearance, so rest up and gather your energy so you, too, can burst forth with the exuberance of spring!

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