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Fighting the Winter Blues

A woman holding a mug looking pensively out of a window with snow falling down.

Even though it’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, it’s pretty common to have a strong case of the winter blues. Whether the holidays themselves are a contributing factor to your depression, anxiety, or stress, or you have a seasonal affective disorder (SAD), there are plenty of valid reasons you might be feeling the way you are. This week, the Edlandria blog is sharing some of our favorite ways to address seasonal depression.

The following ideas were pulled from a few articles, one from Mayo Clinic, another from Real Simple, and the last one from Medicine Net. We hope the following suggestions help you this season.

Get Enough Light

Your personal exposure to light increases brain chemicals that contribute to a better mood. Seeing as there is less light in the winter, consciously seek ways to expose yourself to more of it. Of course, the best form is natural light, so think about either spending some time outside on a weekly walk or trimming the trees next to your windows that might be blocking out some sunlight. If you aren’t able to be outside in the natural light, don’t fret. Even sitting next to an artificial light for some time each day is shown to boost your mood.

Take Care of Your Mind and Body

Even though you should be striving to do this all year round, make an extra special effort to take care of your physical and mental health. Instead of waiting until New Years to set new exercise goals, reevaluate your old ones now and find a way to do some form of physical activity multiple times each week. If you’re looking for ways to engage your mind, consider doing some yoga or meditation, or even making a more conscious effort to listen to music that makes you feel relaxed.

What do you do to combat the winter blues? Let our Alexandria, VA apartment community know by leaving a comment below. Thanks for reading our post, and may you have a healthy and happy winter!