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Ways To Fight The Winter Blues

Has winter weather got you down? Do you suffer from the clinical version of the winter blues known as SAD (seasonal affective disorder)? Many folks are negatively impacted by the colder weather and shorter days. In fact, less sunlight actually affects the body’s biological clock or circadian rhythm which actually controls specific brain wave activity and even hormone production. Here are a few ways to cope with the winter blues.

Dress For Your Mood
Face it, people get a bit lazy concerning their appearance in the winter. Men sometimes let their beards grow and women sometimes put off shaving the usual areas and worry less about their figures. People break out the sin-covering big sweaters and baggy sweats.
According to research conducted by a group of psychologists at the University of Hertfordshire, donning the cover-all comfy coveralls sends a message to the brain about how one feels. What you wear strongly impacts on your mood. Over 50 percent of female subjects said that they wear blue jeans when they feel depressed.
57 percent of them stated that they wear baggy tops when they are depressed. In contrast, when the subjects felt good they told researchers that they were ten times more apt to wear one of their favorite dresses. The lead author of the research study, professor Karen Pine, stated that clothing not only influences others but “influences the wearer’s mood” as well. She concludes that women especially can “alter their mood” by altering their outfits.

Make A Movie And Book List
Why not catch up on the movies and books that you have been thinking about checking out? If you like comedy, it should further encourage you that previous research has shown that humor can be a pain reliever.

Stock Up On The Vitamin D
During the winter it may also be a good idea to take a vitamin D supplement since we generally get our vitamin D from the sun. Low levels of vitamin D is linked to a number of diseases including depression. According to the National Institutes of Health, you should get 600 IUs or international units of vitamin D daily and Joseph Mercola, DO, believes people should take up to 5,000 IU each day. Also note that specific foods are great sources of vitamin D including certain fortified cereals, cod liver oil, eggs, milk, salmon, sardines, swordfish, and tuna.

Try To Go With The Flow
You can give in to the winter blues without a fight or you can take a deep breath or two and remember that winter is not forever. Those who have experience with blizzards know that it is not impossible to adapt to any kind of inclement weather. Take a special shopping trip in the fall and buy some winter clothing.
Consider braving the weather and indulging in such winter activities as ice-fishing, ice-skating, sledding, ice or snow sculpting or even snowshoeing. Survivors of snowstorms have often said the best way to deal with the winter is to “stop resisting” and just go with the (ice) flow.


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