How to Beat the Winter Blues
In the UK, the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), affects around 2 million people in the UK, and more than 12 million people across Europe are affected too, affecting people of any age, including children.
There’s no set way to cure SAD, but here are some top tips for helping to manage with it.
Research has shown that a daily one-hour walk in the middle of the day could be just as helpful as light treatment when coping with the winter blues. Exercising is good for the body as when you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins, triggering a positive feeling in the body.
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Spend as much time in natural daylight as possible, especially at midday and on brighter days. If you’re staying home, choose pale colours that reflect light from outside, and sit near windows whenever you can.
A healthy diet will boost your mood, giving you more energy and prevent any excessive weight gain over the winter. Balance your craving for carbohydrates, such as pasta and potatoes, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. There are dozens of winter cook books and easy to follow winter recipes on the internet, so you’re sure to find something that is healthy, warming and comforting.
Take up a new hobby
Keeping the mind act with a nice interest can help to ward off the symptoms of SAD. It could be anything – playing board games, singing, knitting, writing a blog. The important thing is to find something to look forward to and to concentrate on.
Everyone’s affected differently by SAD, so there isn’t one set rule to cure it, but keeping active, eating healthily and keeping busy are all great places to start.