Shafer Wellness: Don’t Let Winter Blues Get You Down

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It’s getting to be that time of year when a lot of people suffer from what I would call the Winter Blues.  However, there is an actual term for this and it is, SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  If you are one of those people here are some tips that could help you overcome this issue.

  • Spend as much time outside during the day as you can, especially when it’s sunny out.  Don’t be fooled by the clouds, as you can still receive benefits when the sky is overcast, so be sure to get out of the house or office, even if it’s for a few minutes a day.
  • Make some modifications to your surroundings.  Open blinds during the daytime if you are in a room that has blinds.  Trim trees at home that are close to the windows to let more light in, if these are not options then consider purchasing lamps to increase your exposure to light.
  • Eat foods that are enriched in Vitamin D or take a Vitamin D supplement. (Sources of Vitamin D include:  Fish, such as tuna, salmon, cod and swordfish; milk; orange juice; and yogurt.)
  • Try to keep a consistent sleep routine.  Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends.  Improved sleep patterns can help reduce depression.
  • Stay active, exercise is a critical component because of its ability to bring people joy by releasing endorphin’s.
  • Stay connected, make an effort to socialize with family and friends you enjoy being around for support during the winter  months.

If you still have difficulty making gains in this area after trying several of the options above, then it is possible that you may need to consult your doctor for an individualized plan of care.

Until next time, BE SAFE, BE WELL!

 

Lisa G. Huber, CWWS

Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist

 

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