How to Beat the Seasonal Blues

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I don't know if you are anything like me, but I have always been 'affected' by the winter months; namely, the lack of sunlight and Vitamin D, the shorter days and the cold...the gray, well, it just brings me down a bit.

At least, that's how it used to be. A few years ago, I really took control of my own health, to the degree that I have any control, and my wellbeing, which includes how I choose to FEEL every day of every season.

Since there are actual physical changes that happen to our bodies, including brain chemistry issues, that lead to feelings of the winter blues, sometimes all we can do is eat well, rest up, listen to our own needs and take in some helpful supplements. I have found a list of things that help me, which I am sharing here today...because maybe they will help you, too.

Take Vitamin D. I had to take 5000 mgs of it for a while (under the direction of my Endocrinologist) because my levels were so low. Now I do 1000 every other day and it has really made a difference. Check with your doc and maybe get a blood test to see what your levels are.

• Get a morning routine going, if you don't already have one. Knowing and looking forward to something as you reach for the alarm clock really helps.

Incorporate meditation into your day. I have trouble sitting still for it, so I have improvised and now listen to meditations or self-help books in the car during a commute.

• Which leads me to the next suggestion: Start reading. I use an app called Scribed to listen to books while I walk or jog and also drive around dropping off products. It's super affordable, too!

• Do a little talk therapy. Sometimes you just need to get all the things out, right? When you don't want to feel like you are burdening a loved one or friend, a therapist actually listens for a living. Try it. There is no shame in the therapy game.

Get out and move. Spending time in nature is the best cure there is. Learn to appreciate the snow on the ground or the brisk air on your cheeks as you walk through the woods in the winter months. It's liberating and it's beautiful. Also, endorphins, folks.

Journal. I used to hate the thought of journaling, but what I have found is that it gives me a plan for my day and also gives me a space to write out affirmations that really do work. I have been writing the same 12 'big dreams' in my journal for almost a year now and have actually seen one of them come true. I can't wait to see the other big dreams manifest themselves into my life.

• My last suggestion is to listen to podcasts or music while you work. Lift your spirits by singing or learning something. Get some pep in your step and look forward to better days ahead, at least that is my hope for you. For us all.

Enjoy your winter days as best you can, and don't put so much pressure on yourself. if you need  a day to binge watch Neflix, do it! Take care of you.


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