Beat the Winter Blues
February 2, 2018 | Barb Huntley

The winter blues, formally known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can affect people of any age, including children. The short, cold and dark days can have a subconsciously negative affect on your mood, and it’s hard to avoid those affects when you live in Alaska. But there are things that help. It’s not one solution fits all, so if one of our suggestions don’t work, try another! Keep trying until you find something that helps you overcome SAD until the brighter (and warmer) days ahead!

¬Stay Active – Research proves that at a minimum a walk of 30 minutes a day boosts your mood, lowers your blood pressure, and will give you more energy. Dedicate 30 to 60 minutes per day to doing something active.

¬Opt Outside – Dress appropriately and head outside to enjoy the few hours of daylight. This is especially important on sunny, brighter days. Remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.

¬Eat Healthy – This should always be on your to-do list if you are trying to keep a healthy mind. A healthy diet will improve your mood and energy on top of preventing extra weight gain that can occur in the winter.

¬Find the Light – By find it, we mean buy it! Invest in a light box in your home. These bright lights simulate the vitamin D you get from real sunshine. The more vitamin D the more positive energy!

¬Make Plans – Socializing is good for your mental health so be sure to make plans with friends and family throughout the winter. Put the effort in to maintaining friendships and accept invitations to social events to get out of the house!

¬Get Help – Seasonal depression is a real illness. If it is impacting your everyday life in a negative way, talk to your doctor about what you can do. It’s best to be proactive active when it comes to seasonal depression, don’t let it overcome you! 
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