The combination of shorter days, icy temperatures, and less sunshine can all add up this time of year. Welcome to the winter blues.
Changes in your amount of daily sunlight exposure can reduce melatonin and serotonin levels, which affect sleep and mood. So when the sun goes down, it’s normal for your mood to go with it.
Let us help you beat the winter blues with these tips:
1. Get to know Vitamin D.
With decreased sunlight exposure, make sure you’re getting a good daily dose of vitamin D through a supplement. Vitamin D is commonly referred to as “the sunshine vitamin” and promotes a positive mood.
2. Take advantage of the sun.
The sun may set in the late afternoon in the winter, but try waking up earlier to take advantage of the morning rays. Bundle up and go for a brisk walk — 10 to 15 minutes of sunlight exposure is all your body needs for a natural positive boost!
3. Fill your social calendar.
Schedule an after-work yoga class with a co-worker. Invite a neighbor over for coffee. Call up an old friend for an impromptu girl’s night. Anything that keeps your social interaction at a high will have a significant positive impact on your mood, so live it up a little!