“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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Find and purchase a full spectrum light box. Full spectrum lights have a long history of helping with this short-term problem.
- Vitamin D supplements are clinically proven to work, and work quickly. Get your chewable or liquid vitamin D supplements at LadyHawk Nutrition!