7 ways to banish the winter blues! - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

7 ways to banish the winter blues!

By Beatrice Strnad
From Ideas That Spark 


‘Tis the season for all things jolly and joyful, but some days I feel like the winter blues send my smiles into ho-hum hibernation. It's not uncommon to catch a case of the blues during the winter months. In fact, 10-20 percent of Americans suffer from seasonal depression or mood changes. Rather than letting your low mood settle in for the season, usher in some winter bliss! Here are seven tips that I've found help to lift my spirits during winter.

1. Let There Be Light: Light therapy (in which you expose yourself to light) is the most effective treatment in severe cases of winter blues, also known as SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Consider ways to increase your everyday exposure to light: Draw back those curtains, take a stroll outside and try to spend your time in rooms with lots of natural light.

2. Drink Your Vitamin D: Less sunlight means less vitamin D, a lack of which has been linked to depression and lethargy. Not that you needed an excuse to make eggnog, but egg yolks will supply you with that missing vitamin D. Here's a recipe that calls for 12 yolks (consider nixing the booze though, which can worsen your mood short- and long-term).

For a daily dose of D, consider a tablespoon of cod liver oil, which will provide 340 percent of your daily value, or down a daily glass of D-fortified milk or orange juice.

3. Go Nuts: Nuts, such as peanuts and almonds, are good sources of tyrosine, which is one of the building blocks for dopamine and other mood-related neurotransmitters. Having them as a snack can keep you from feeling hungry (and therefore cranky) between meals and may improve your mood.

4. Incorporate Happy Colors: Studies show that colors affect our mood. Two colors that will bust your blues are orange, an anti-depressive color that only has positive effects on mood, and yellow, which improves mood, energizes and encourages optimism. Consider adding these colors in rooms you spend lots of time in by painting the walls a cheery yellow or decorating with pops of orange.

5. Surround Yourself With Happy Scents: Citrus scents have been shown to improve mood and reduce stress. Pick up some citrus-scented candles or try this easy DIY orange peel potpourri. Bonus: Both can also serve as decorative accents of orange!

6. Get Grooving: For me, one of the best ways to beat the blues is through music. Listening to music you like improves your mood -- as does dancing or singing along! My favorite winter-blues buster? Getting my inner-diva on in a hot shower.

7. Phone a Friend: Anytime I'm down, talking to friend whips me into a better mood. Better yet, call someone who you haven't spoken to in a while. Their surprise and excitement to hear your voice alone will lift your spirits.

Beatrice Strnad is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a health and beauty enthusiast, devout foodie and tea-drinker.

Copyright © 2013 Studio One Networks. All rights reserved.

*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
  • HealthHEALTHMore>>

  • On Your Side Investigation: Daycare operators behind staph outbreak still in business

    On Your Side Investigation: Daycare Dangers

    Thursday, March 23 2017 12:28 PM EDT2017-03-23 16:28:27 GMT

    This video obtained by WBRC On Your Side Investigators gives us a look at the chaotic scene inside a Montgomery hospital after nearly 100 children became violently ill at a daycare.  The video was taken by a parent after bringing her sick child to the emergency room at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery. It shows children on gurneys who appear listless, hooked up to IVs as hospital staff clamor to treat them.  The incident happened June 23, 2015 when there were 323...

    More >>

    This video obtained by WBRC On Your Side Investigators gives us a look at the chaotic scene inside a Montgomery hospital after nearly 100 children became violently ill at a daycare.  The video was taken by a parent after bringing her sick child to the emergency room at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery. It shows children on gurneys who appear listless, hooked up to IVs as hospital staff clamor to treat them.  The incident happened June 23, 2015 when there were 323...

    More >>
  • On Your Side Investigation: New video of staph outbreak from daycare

    On Your Side Investigation: New video of staph outbreak from daycare

    Thursday, March 23 2017 12:28 PM EDT2017-03-23 16:28:04 GMT

    This video obtained by WBRC On Your Side Investigators gives us a look at the chaotic scene inside a Montgomery hospital after close to 100 children became violently ill at a daycare.  The video was taken by a parent whose child became ill. It shows children on gurneys who appear listless, hooked up to IVs as hospital staff clamor to treat them.  One parent tells On Your Side Investigators that by the time she got her two children to the hospital, they were severely dehydr...

    More >>

    This video obtained by WBRC On Your Side Investigators gives us a look at the chaotic scene inside a Montgomery hospital after close to 100 children became violently ill at a daycare.  The video was taken by a parent whose child became ill. It shows children on gurneys who appear listless, hooked up to IVs as hospital staff clamor to treat them.  One parent tells On Your Side Investigators that by the time she got her two children to the hospital, they were severely dehydr...

    More >>
  • Health

    Massage therapy increases positive touch between parents and premature babies

    Massage therapy increases positive touch between parents and premature babies

    Thursday, March 23 2017 9:58 AM EDT2017-03-23 13:58:57 GMT
    (Source: NBC File Video)(Source: NBC File Video)

    Josie Kramer has a mothers intuition.

    More >>

    Josie Kramer has a mothers intuition.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly