Teenage girl looking thoughtful about troublesWe’ve been hit hard in the Triangle this winter, with unexpected temperature shifts, lots of cloudy days, and some nasty viruses going around.  This can play havoc on our mood, causing “winter blues,” with symptoms that may include sadness, lethargy, restlessness, and loneliness.

Following are some ways to refuel, re-energize and relieve those winter blues.

1. Energize your body with healthy snacks and regular exercise.
Resist temptations for quick pick me up foods high in carbs, sugar, and empty calories. Instead reach for healthier snacks like carrots with hummus, Greek yogurt and fruit, or a handful of almonds.  And make sure to get regular exercise.  It may seem counterintuitive to expend energy on exercise when you’re feeling lethargic, but exercise really is an energy-booster.

2. Make sure to get enough rest by creating a sleep routine.  
Our bodies have natural circadian rhythms that do best when regulated with a regular schedule of relaxation, sleep and wake cycles.  Put yourself on a schedule and your body with thank you.

3. Pamper yourself with a spa day.  
Enjoy a treat at your local salons like a manicure, pedicure, facial or massage.  Have fun trying out one of their specials (e.g., hot stone, body scrub or a couples massage).

4. Get a change of scenery.
Plan a weekend vacation.  Even a day trip can give you help you shake off the blues and gives you something to look forward to, while you explore the beautiful North Carolina.

5. Add a splash of creativity to your day.
Make a collage. Support local theater or attend a poetry slam. Paint a room. Make your own salsa. Discover origami or calligraphy.  Take dance lessons.  Don’t pressure yourself to attain a certain level of mastery, but instead enjoy the creative process.  Get messy!

The good news is that the Winter Blues is not chronic; it will pass. However, if symptoms intensify and include signs of depression such as loss of energy, sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, feelings of restlessness, worthlessness or inappropriate guilt, get professional help.

Author’s content used under license, © 2008 Claire Communications

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