Avoiding Winter Depression Part I

Winter depression is a common issue during this season. The lack of sunlight and outdoor activity result in a feeling of laziness and fatigue, and if the feeling is left stagnant it often turns into mild or even severe depression. It is important to keep your mind and body busy in order to prevent this seasonal affective disorder.

One way to do so is to keep active. If the weather allows it, go for an hour-long walk. If it doesn’t, try jumping rope or running on a treadmill for a while, at least every other day. The physical activity will release endorphins into the body, which are “happy” hormones that will immediately boost your mood. The activity will also keep your body more fit, and fight fatigue.

Another key factor is daylight. Again, if the weather allows it, make sure to go outside at least once a day. Sit on the porch, go for a walk; do something that exposes you to the outdoor air and natural light.

Surround yourself with friends and family. Technology allows for many different work schedules, and many people now work from their homes with internet-based companies. If this is your case, make sure to get dressed every day, instead of lounging around the house in your pajamas. You also need to maintain some human exposure in order to pop the bubble that you’ve created. Invite friends over for a fancy dinner or movie night, and make sure to stay social despite the frigid conditions outside.

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Angie is a home health nurse who has been working with patients for over 20 years. In her free time, she enjoys dabbling in the stock market, taking spinning classes, cooking and gardening. She loves being the editor at Sunstone. Reach her at angie[at]sunstoneonline.com

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