Beating The Winter Blues

“The Winter Blues” are real, clinically called SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is especially prevalent here in West Michigan where we are covered with lake effect clouds from mid-December through March or later.

Since there is a lot of clinical proof that a lack of vitamin D can cause mild depression in many people, it is reasonable that so many of us get the blues in the winter. Our bodies make vitamin D when our skin receives full spectrum (real) sunlight.

But I’m here to give you a number of suggestions to combat the blues.

  1. Get outside! Getting fresh air and exercise every day, even for 15 minutes a day, can lift those blues. Take a walk in the woods or at a park on the way home from work. Shovel snow. Walk your dog, or your neighbors’ dog. Make snow angels. Go sledding, skiing, or snowshoeing.
  2. A wise man once told me “Exercise is the least utilized anti-depressant.” Find some form of regular exercise that works for you. Whether that’s by walking, going to a local indoor pool, joining a gym, or buying your own equipment and creating a work-out space in your basement.
  3. Find and purchase a full spectrum light box. Full spectrum lights have a long history of helping with this short-term problem.
  4. Vitamin D supplements are clinically proven to work, and work quickly. Get your chewable or liquid vitamin D supplements at LadyHawk Nutrition!
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