The winter blues, another name for seasonal affective disorder (SAD),  a form of depression that has a seasonal pattern which can start in fall and last until spring. As the days get shorter and colder, the lack of sunlight can leave you feeling sad with low energy, or you may experience changes in sleep and eating habits and the desire to isolate yourself.

7 Things to Help Avoid Being SAD this winter

  1.  Get Physical.  Keep a regular exercise plan even if it’s just walking 30 minutes, the main goal is an elevated heart rate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Eat a Balanced Diet.  That’s right, be mindful of what you are putting in your body.  Too much sugar and refined carbs are bad for you.  Be smart.
  3. Limit Alcohol.  This goes along with number 2 but again we need to be mindful of what we are putting in our bodies and how it will affect us both mentally and physically.
  4. Be Grateful.  Keep a gratitude journal to remind you of all the things you are grateful for, sometimes it’s easy to focus on the negative parts of our day.
  5. Be Social. Humans need interaction with others, so remember to get out of the house and visit friends and family.
  6. Be spiritual.  Take time out to meditate or pray or whatever it is that you do to connect to the universe or power higher than yourself. 
  7. Be smart.  Make a schedule and stick to it.  A schedule for exercise, eating right, time to meditate, to socialize.  If you have a plan, you are more likely to go through with those things.