Beating the winter blues, step by step

When the graceful snowfall quickly turns into the blizzard from the North Pole, it's easy to get irritable and downright depressed when your stuck inside. Although school's out during the usual snowstorm, getting to work in the early morning winter hours can be stressful.

Coming home after a long day to be greeted by the cold once again can do a number on your overall outlook. Sure fire signs of the winter blues include lack of motivation, low energy, a lowered stress tolerance level. Some people attribute the seasonal sensitivity to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition that leads to serious energy lags, mood swings, and other symptoms associated with depression.

When you need a pick-me-up (and the coffee just isn't cutting it), there's always room for an attitude and outlook adjustment. Beating the winter blues is easier when you simply accommodate for it; if you know you're going to get down quickly, taking preventative steps may be a wise choice. Here are five easy ways to beat the winter blues.

1. Don't oversleep. It's oh-so-easy to take multiple naps and sleep longer hours when it's dark and dreary. Avoid the habit, and you'll fare well in the long run. Oversleeping doesn't provide you with the extra rest you think you're getting. Unless you're a super-athlete or work extended hours, limit your sleep cycle to the standard 6-8 hours. And stick with a sleep cycle! Too many disruptive patterns can create mood disturbances themselves.

3. Exercise your cares away. A natural antidepressant, vigorous exercise can boost your mood immediately. Lighter, ongoing exercise will keep you in tip-top shape before Spring break creeps up on you!

4. Up your Omega-3's: Your diet is critical to long-term health and overall wellness. Omega-3's are a natural source of essential fatty acids. They keep you healthy, and some studies have shown a natural link between fish oils and depression.

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