So, today is a day they are calling Blue Monday, and apparently there is a complex formula of how the top bods work out this is the saddest day of the year for all of us. It’s the last Monday before payday, its been bleak and grey for the whole month, and we have had to strip the trees of their finery and take them to the tip. What have we to look forward to? Todays guest post is all about SAD (which stands for seasonal affective disorder and not super awesome dancing, I am told. Ah-boo)
Hope you enjoy it!
With shorter daylight hours and more time spent going to work and coming home from work in the dark, it’s no surprise that people’s moods take a significant nose dive in the winter – when you’re living in the dark how could they not?!
Since the majority of working adults spend most of the day trapped in an office where they see little to no sunlight during the long winter months, over time this can directly impact their moods leading to this form of clinical depression. However these blustery months don’t have to lead to a battle between you and SAD, and if you start taking counteractive measures you could avoid it all together and spend your winter months just as cheerful as your summer months.
1. Get out and get moving
You’ve heard it over and over again – exercise, exercise, exercise. And here’s one more reason to get out and get moving! Even if it’s just for 30 minutes on your lunch break, get outside or to the gym and MOVE. That could mean taking a jog around the block or even just a quick walk down to the gas station and back – whatever gets your blood flowing! The fresh air and sunlight will help rejuvenate you during the day, and the endorphins from exercising will provide a nice mood booster to hold you over. And endorphins are a better mood-booster than… well… a lot of other things.
2. Interact with other people
Most people’s initial reaction when they’re feeling blue is to avoid human contact, but that’s isolating yourself is just going to make things worse. You need to interact with people – the social stimulation will help lift your mood. There’s not much that tops sipping cocktails and swapping stories with your best friend, and who can really turn down a night of uncontrollable laughter? Ditch the sappy movies and get out and mingle!
3. Get a light box
If getting out of the office is out of the question (or even if it isn’t!) try investing in a light box. It sounds kind of silly, right? Faking sunlight in the office? But the light box does mimic the natural light found outside, which will be a nice break from the fluorescent overhead lights, and can help provide an improvement in your overall mood dramatically. Just make sure you remember you’re in the office before you don your sunglasses and kick back with an umbrella laden drink in hand.
4. Eat healthy
You already know that you should be eating healthy, but combatting SAD is just one more good reason! As much as one or two (or five or six) chocolate chip cookies might make you immediately feel better, in the long run you’ll just end up feeling worse (and probably with a stomach-ache). Avoid unhealthy, processed foods and focus on eating a wholesome diet rich in fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Processed foods contain a lot of sugar and refined carbohydrates which will make your energy spike and then quickly crash which will end up impacting you negatively; you want to make sure you’re maintaining a good energy level throughout the day and this can be accomplished through keeping a healthy diet.
5. Take your vitamins
Your mom was on to something when she forced you to take your vitamins every morning – regularly taking in vitamins and supplements can counteract feelings of depression brought on by SAD and improve your overall mood. Choking down one multivitamin a day is worth the better mood that will accompany it – and if you can’t bring yourself to swallow a pill buy the gummy kind – no one has to know your vitamins are shaped like the Flintstones.
You don’t have to live with the winter blues each year. Instead, kick them to the curb and adopt these easy habits and you’ll be smiling in no time. Now who wants to go sledding?
Author Bio: Mary Edwards is one of the contributors and editors for dating sites. She is passionate about thought leadership writing, regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting and online dating community. She can be reached at edwardsmary936 AT gmail.com.