Winter Blues

The winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), affects around 2 million people in the UK and can affect people of any age.

Just like weight loss everyone is different and beating the blue’s needs an individual approach, what works for you may not work for someone else, however the general tips below can help alleviate the symptoms.

1. Keep active

Exercise is great to elevate the mood and to produce endorphins (the feel good hormones). In addition to any normal exercise routine that you follow, I would also advise getting a few extra 45 minute to 1 hour walks every other day

2. Get outside

Go outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible, especially at midday and on brighter days. As there is limited supply of natural sunlight in the winter it may be a good idea to take a vitamin D supplement and/or include red meat, Egg yolks, liver, oily fish and mushrooms into your diet.

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3. Eat healthily

A healthy diet will boost your mood, give you energy and balance out your metabolism; helping you to maintain a healthy weight. Eating a diet high in vegetables and a little fruit will curb sugar and carbohydrate cravings and increase your overall health and welfare.

4. Take up a new hobby

Taking up a new hobby or interest such as martial arts, chess, fitness, learning a language will not only help you develop a new skill but will improve your mood and sense of happiness.5398040497_ab7d2352c1_b

5. See your friends and family

It’s been shown that socialising is good for your mental health and helps ward off the winter blues. Make an effort to keep in touch with people you care about and accept any invitations you get to social events, even if you only go for a little while.

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If you try all of the above and still feel low it may be time for a visit to the GP.