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How to Beat Winter Blues

Wrung out from ringing in the holidays? You’re in good company. Read on to learn more about how to fight back against winter’s woes.

It’s harder to get out of bed, you have no desire to socialize and you can’t seem to remember the last time you actually saw the sun.
 
Welcome to the winter blues. Marked by fatigue and general gloominess, it’s a post-holiday, crash in emotions that affects many of us. The good news, however, is there are plenty of ways to combat these down-in-the-dumps feelings. The three techniques outlined below are a great starting point.
 
1.    Stay social
Social interaction is essential for your general health and wellbeing. While it may be tempting to hibernate all winter indoors, getting out and visiting with friends and family can be an instant mood-booster. Set a goal of doing at least one activity a week with your friends or make a point of grabbing a coffee with colleagues at least once a day to incorporate additional socialization into your routine.  
 
2.    Break a sweat
The more you move, the better you’ll feel. It may be the last thing you feel like doing when it’s freezing outside, but regular exercise releases mood-boosting endorphins, serotonin, dopamine and other neurotransmitters related to mood regulation. Make a point of trying different activities, such as spin classes, workout apps or smaller group training programs until you find a routine that works for you.
 
3.    Reduce screen time
Winter depression can wreak havoc on sleeping patterns. While it’s tempting to watch TV or check your social media before you go to bed, exposing yourself to light sources at night makes your brain think it’s still daytime. Aim to stay away from electronics at least one hour before you go to bed to prepare your mind and body for the quality sleep it needs.
 
Remember, mental health is just as important as physical health. Make your mood a priority this season.