The weather outside may not be frightful just yet, but the days are definitely shorter. For many women, this triggers seasonal affective disorder (SAD). According to Marla Ahlgrimm, SAD leaves women feeling tired, hungry, and mildly depressed. Here are four ways to weather winter woes.
Marla Ahlgrimm reports that there is adequate research to suggest that increased vitamin D levels plays a positive role in mood and attitude. Throughout the winter, vitamin D levels drop. Add a 2000 IU vitamin D supplement throughout the fall and winter months.
Exposure to the sun is vital throughout winter. And, a little fresh air doesn’t hurt either. Not only is exercise a proven way to boost your mood, exercising outside is linked with positive thoughts, decreased tension, and increased energy, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Even though there are fewer daylight hours, try to spend at least 30 minutes walking, biking, jogging, or even cleaning up your lawn regardless of the temperature.
Watch what you eat
From an evolutionary standpoint, it makes sense that we crave heavy, carbohydrate-laden dishes throughout the winter. Our metabolisms and digestive processes change with the weather. While eating a bowl full of fresh strawberries feels right in the middle of June, come December, we tend to reach for potatoes and sweet treats. But these dishes, despite filling your belly and providing comfort, can actually bring you down. Marla Ahlgrimm suggests sticking with root vegetables, rice, and healthy proteins, which will keep you full and stabilize your mood.
Take a break
If sunshine makes you happy, seek shelter down south. While most people consider summer optimal vacation time, there certain parts of the country (think south Florida) that stay fairly warm throughout the year. If you can break away from work, Marla Ahlgrimm recommends the gift of a winter vacation.