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How to fight winter blues

How to fight winter blues

Are you one of those people that struggles during the winter months? It may be hard to believe during the holiday season that anyone can be down or have the “blues” but it does happen. The condition is called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. There are things we can do to combat this disorder, or to help with winter blues.

  1. Get out in the light. Light exposure therapy is a good way to help combat winter blues. Seize every opportunity to be outside in the sunshine on days when weather permits. Long walks are especially helpful. You may also find it beneficial to invest in a SAD light. These lights offer simulated daylight in a non glaring form and can help correct problems with sleep and mental attitude. It is important that you use the light according to the instructions for it to be able to work. Most results will take place within a week or two of using the light every day. Please read the reviews of the link, they are quite impressive.
  2. Take hot showers or soaking baths. Pampering yourself with the little luxuries in life can be a great way to relieve physical stress on the body. If you can’t afford the spa, you can have your own mini spa in your own home. Light candles, play soft music, and wear comfy comforting clothes. Take time to lotion your legs, arms and face and give yourself a little nurturing.
  3. Get some comic relief. Today on the internet we have access to tons of wonderful movies and comedy shows. You can easily buy dvds, of comedy classics like The Carol Burnett show, etc. that can be a great way to get you laughing and having a good time. When you buy multiple sets or complete seasons, you have a funny movie or show to look forward every day of the week.
  4. Practice positive thinking. Positive thinking, and meditation may be some of the best ways you can help fight feeling down. Find a quiet place, soothing music or nature sounds, most of these can be found on tv through your cable channels, and practice deep breathing, and positive visualization. See yourself being happy. Try to give joy to others.
  5. Talk to your doctor. Always consult with your doctor to make sure that your seasonal blues is seasonal and not a more significant problem that may require psychiatric help or medications.

Have a happy holiday season and take care!