"Winter Blues" also known as S.A.D which stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder effects nearly 10 million Americans every year according to Psychology Today. It affects women more than men and the symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.
As a mother of 3 and someone who suffers from this I would like to share with you a few ways that you can combat the winter blues and come out on the other end with a smile.
Take Your Vitamins Studies have shown that upping your Vitamin D and Omega-3 intake can decrease symptoms. Talk with your Dr. about what the right amount for you would be.
Exercise Now, no one dislikes this advice more than me, trust me. As a full time student and a wife and mom to 3 of the most crazy kids I know I cringe at the thought of exercise, but it works! I have to remind myself of how good I truly do feel after a quick 30 min elliptical workout. That's really all it would take! A solid 20-30 mins a day.
Go Outside Yes, it's freezing, but there is some sunshine out there to be had! Also, getting out of your house can boost your mood just by the simple act of moving around. Go peruse the aisles of your favorite store while you are out. Grab a coffee, do some shopping... just get up and out.
Sleep Well 8 hours of sleep is supposed to be the magic number of hours, but for me it's more like 6 and a half. Maybe for you it's 9... the point is that you need to get a good nights rest. For optimal sleep you want to make sure it's not too little and not too much. It's worth figuring out in the end.
Eat Right Skip the crappy foods that make you feel crappy and heavy like carbs and sugars. Instead opt for more fresh fruits and veggies as well as some good ole comfort foods made from scratch that can be tossed into the crockpot to simmer all day. Fueling yourself with the right foods can change a ton.