WORK IT OUTWhen the days are short and all you feel like doing is ingesting as many carbs as humanly possible, the last thing you probably feel like doing is hitting the gym. Well, if staying physically fit isn't enough motivation to get you on the treadmill, how about the fact that exercise can keep you mentally fit too? It's a well known fact in the medical community that working out helps fight depression - when you break a sweat and get your heart rate up, your body releases endorphins, which reduce stress, boost your self-esteem, and improve your sleep. So if you've been feeling off lately, go for a run, lift some weights or practice a little yoga. Chances are you'll feel worlds better - especially when you combine working out with the other tips above.
It’s easy to get depressed when your work schedule has you getting less sun than Edward Cullen (you’ve got the sickly pallor to match and it’s not nearly as sexy on you). If you’re lucky enough to at least have a window in your workspace, open those shades and try to angle your desk so that you’re able to bask in the sun (don’t forget to wear sunblock, even in the winter months). For those of us whose windows face brick walls or even worse, are non-existent, try to soak up any bit of sun you can by finding a sunny spot to sit in during lunchtime to battle seasonal affective disorder symptoms. Better yet? Ask your boss to install a faux LED skylight. Aside from making your day more pleasant, they’ve been shown to improve productivity up to 15%.
Since we get a lot of our vitamin D by soaking up the sun’s rays, a deficiency of this vital nutrient could very well be what is causing your foul cold weather mood. Luckily there are lot of delicious foods that you can eat to bump up your intake of D from shiitake mushrooms to salmon. Click here for a list of the foods with the most vitamin D and work them into your winter diet to ward off the winter blues.