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January 19, 2012 • Healthy Living

4 Tips for Beating the Winter Blues

Summer is long gone, fall flew by, and winter is here! As the days get shorter and cooler, here are some simple tips for beating the winter blues.

  • Make sure you move.  As little as 20 minutes of aerobic activity, like a brisk walk, has been shown to improve mood and reduce stress for up to 12 full hours.
  • Go for the right carbs – carbohydrate foods can boost one of our bodies’ feel good neurotransmitters, serotonin.  Steer clear of nutritionally defunct sugar and refined carb foods, like white bread and white rice, because they can zap your energy and trigger irritability.  Instead, go for the nutrient and fiber rich carbs – whole grains, beans, fruits, and veggies.  The right carbs can power both your body and your brain. For even more guidance on the right carbs, buy Dr. Ann’s Healthy Grocery List.
  • Celebrate the season – take full advantage of the good things winter has to offer, including the opportunity for snow boarding, skiing, and ice skating.
  • Get some sun exposure – exposure to sunlight can boost your mood.