Do you feel sad? Lethargic? Crave carbohydrates? Do you find yourself sleeping longer, and lacking motivation? You may be experiencing SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), more commonly known as Winter Blues.
Winter Depression is linked to the deficiency of Vitamin D, which affects the inner workings of the hypothalamus, causing disruptions in the formation of neurotransmitters.
If you are experiencing Winter Blues, try these tips to help boost your Vitamin D level, and keep those neurotransmitters firing!
- Eat a Serotonin – Boosting Diet: Fresh fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates make up a proper serotonin boosting diet. Winter is not a time to limit carbohydrates; it is actually a time to include them in your nutrition more frequently, as long as they are complex, and non-processed. A trick to increase mood-boosting hormones is to consume complex carbohydrates on their own, or with vegetables only. Separate your meat and potatoes during this season to get the full effect of this great macro nutrient.
- Supplement Properly: Remember Cod Liver Oil? That ever so great tasting liquid that our grandparents use to shove down our throats when we were children? Turns out is has a purpose! Fish Oil (Omega 3) is among the top supplements which help boost your mood, and treat seasonal depression. Coupling Fish Oil with Vitamin D is essential in the winter months when the natural sunlight dwindles.
- Turn up the music: Turn on your favourite tune when you are cleaning, driving, showering, or doing any activity! Music and dancing is known to instantly lift your spirits, and turn your frown upside down.
- Get Active: It’s no secret that exercise cures a slew of health issues, but did you know that beating depression is one of its primary benefits? Joining a local gym or fitness facility is a great way to get yourself out of the house, keep your endorphins firing, and meet some great people!
If you are experiencing seasonal depression, know that you are not alone. Reach out to others around you for guidance, and try these tips to increase those Serotonin levels!