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Take One Step > Posts > Fighting the Winter Blues
Fighting the Winter Blues
As days get shorter and the temperature drops, it's not uncommon for the winter blues to set in. All you want to do is stay in, curl into a ball, and eat. These tips, however, will help brighten things up!
 
1. Have your bedroom lights turn on a half hour before you're supposed to wake up. One of the symptoms of winter blues is increased difficulty getting up in the morning, even if you've had plenty of sleep. Plugging a bright, fluorescent lamp into a timer and having it turn on before your alarm goes off will help simulate an artificial dawn.
 
2. Expose yourself to sunlight as early in the morning as you can. You want to maximize the number of hours you experience daylight. Wake up early, and lift the curtains or go outside as soon as you get out of bed.

3. Exercise. Did you know that one hour of aerobic exercise outside (even when it's cloudy) has the same therapeutic effects as 2.5 hours of light treatment indoors? This is because it raises serotonin levels, which tend to get low when you have the winter blues.
 
4. Take a multivitamin containing vitamin D-3 daily. Vitamin D is created by the sun's rays on the skin, and therefore declines during the winter. Although studies on the effect of vitamin D supplements on seasonal depression have come up with varied results a good multivitamin will also help with energy levels.
5. Dress for the cold. Many people say they hate winter simply because they're cold all the time. If this applies to you, then re-examine your wardrobe and make sure you're appropriately dressed. Make sure your hands, feet and head are kept warm. Long underwear can also work warming wonders.
 
And lastly..................
6.  Accept the season!!! Even though winter may not seem so terrific, it brings a lot of things. The joy of the holiday season is carried throughout the winter. Many television shows only come on between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Sports such as basketball are often only played November - March. Sledding, snowball fights, snowmen, hot chocolate, blue jeans, and roaring fires simply aren't the same in the scorching heat of August. Keep a positive attitude, and the cold months will fly by.

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