12.11.2009

Winter Time Blues


Do you ever suffer from the winter time blues? I will confess that I have struggled with it many times over the years. I have learned a few tips that help me to keep them away when the skies stay gray for too long. I use light bulbs that say daylight on the package. They have a broader spectrum of light which helps to stimulate the serotonin in our brains. I have learned that increasing the light sources around me will help. That is why I have so many lamps and lights around my home. It is important to get into the sunlight any time it is shining in the winter. Just a few minutes of sunlight can make a huge difference. I also have found that just getting outside even on gray days helps tremendously. The fresh air really rejuvenates me. Increasing exercise is another activity that helps to keep me from progressing to SAD (seasonal affective disorder). As I have moved on into my 40's closer to the 50's I have become much more conscious of getting the right vitamins and minerals in my diet. The winter time blues and SAD will cause an increase of craving for starches so it becomes even more important to make sure I am getting the right nutrients in my diet as well as more exercise to offset any extra eating. Last of all my advice is to get dressed up. There is nothing like being dressed at your best to make a woman feel better. I love to stay in my pj's lots of days when I don't have to get out so it can be tempting to not get dressed up but it always makes me feel better about myself when I do.
If you are one of those people who struggles to be "bright eyed and bushy tailed", then remember these tips and do not be embarrassed to seek help. I have done it and it is surprising how many around us have to from time to time. Depression can be overcome but we must first admit we are there and be willing to take the steps to better mental health when needed. There is no shame in getting help. The shame is when lives are ruined because they refuse help.
Until Next Time
Debbie
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