Beating the Winter Blues

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By Joey Slaughter

Winter can be a dark, lonely time for many people. There’s even a depressive disorder called SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder that is usually associated with the “winter blues.” It’s definitely a real thing that many people suffer from each year. Identifying the problem is the first step in fighting it.

In my reading on this subject, I’ve discovered many ways to fight this form of depression that I’ve used successfully. Here are some tips:

  • Increase your Vitamin D3.
  • Get outside in the sun as much as you can.
  • Expose as much skin as you can to the sunlight; it’s truly healing.
  • Remove sunglasses periodically. Your eyes and brain need the full spectrum of light to function normally.
  • Exercise. We produce endorphins when we exercise which trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.
  • Try sunlamps. I’ve heard of people successfully using these that live in northern climates. Some people I know swear by tanning beds during the winter but consult your doctor on that.

Sunlight is the key to beating the winter blues. Get as much of it as you can. Rearrange your day to be the most active when the sun is out. When I’m on the road, I check the sunrise and sunset times every day in order to schedule my day. I’ll even cut my drive day short at times in order to stay on my solar schedule.