Tips to beat the sea­sonal blues

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Alberta - COUR­TESY AL­BERTA HEALTH SER­VICES

Many peo­ple feel slug­gish in the winter, but for those af­fected with Sea­sonal Af­fec­tive Dis­or­der (SAD), the prob­lem goes be­yond be­ing gloomy. Peo­ple with SAD can ex­pe­ri­ence de­pres­sion, fa­tigue and a lack of mo­ti­va­tion. Here are eight ways to brighten your out­look this winter:

• Be ac­tive. It re­lieves stress, builds en­ergy, and in­creases your re­silience.

• Soak up some sun. Make sure blinds are open dur­ing the day, with a di­rect path to where you sit or work. Bet­ter yet, get out­side in the sun­shine.

• Try ar­ti­fi­cial light for 30 min­utes each morn­ing. Con­sider a SAD lamp that has 10,000 lux, the mea­sure­ment of the light’s in­ten­sity. You’ll find them at med­i­cal sup­ply stores and many drug­stores.

• Take a Vi­ta­min D sup­ple­ment—3000 IU per day may help lift your mood in winter.

• Eat three healthy meals a day, and have healthy snacks be­tween meals. For in­for­ma­tion, visit www.healthyeat­ingstartshere.ca.

• Stay hy­drated. Most adults need nine to 12 cups of wa­ter per day.

• Cut down on al­co­hol and caf­feine. They can worsen SAD symp­toms.

• Try prac­tis­ing mind­ful­ness. Ac­cept your thoughts with­out judg­ing. Even 15 min­utes per day can lift your spir­its.

If you are con­cerned about your men­tal health, call Health Link at 811.

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