Stay bright in darker months.
Ever heard someone say, “I get up when it’s dark and come home when it’s dark”? Winter comes with shorter, colder days. And it can make you feel low sometimes. But if your mood stays down, if your energy is zapped or you can’t sleep, it could be SAD—Seasonal Affective Disorder. Here are some tips to avoid SAD:
- Keep moving. Exercise boosts your brain’s feel-good chemicals for hours. Try three or more 10-minute activity breaks during the day.
- Be with others. Loneliness feeds depression, but a good laugh with friends can lift your spirits.
- Sleep. Getting plenty of rest can ease stress and improve your mood. Read about healthy sleep and what it may mean for you.
- De-stress. Stress is a big energy drainer. Find simple ways to unwind and relax. Try a long walk or listening to soothing music.
- Get your vitamin D. It’s the “sunshine vitamin” that can dip during winter’s darker days. Natural sources like fortified milk, eggs and fish can boost your level of vitamin D. Ask your doctor if taking a supplement is right for you.