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Written by Chris A. Jones – VIA FLYPAPERNEWS.COM

Here at FlyPaper, we are all about mental health, and there is no other season proven to bring people down like the cruel winter months that lay ahead. It’s an actual condition: Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD); and, it affects a majority of people who face the changing conditions that winter places on the body.  

Whether it’s that depression that hits you where it once was non-existent, the excess weight that creeps up on your belly and hips, or the insomnia that takes over making you hit the snooze button instead of get up for work — winter blues can make even the most chipper person sing “the blues.” But, thanks to Nicole Nichols writing for SparkPeople, and a few tips and commentary from yours truly, you now have a strategy to fight winter sadness and thrive through these winter months.

SparkPeople & Nicole Nichols recommend:

-Exercising

-Eating a Healthy Diet

-Getting Some Sun

-Acting on your Resolutions

-Avoiding Binge Drinking

-Treating Yourself

-Relaxing!

-Embracing the Season

-Getting Social Support

-Catching some Zzzz’s’

Here’s my take on all of the above. Feel free to read Nicole’s article [HERE]

Exercise

Exercise is a great stress reliever, a great way to fight off those Thanksgiving and Christmas pounds, and an awesome way to stay fit for the Spring! Nicole says: “You’ll have more energy throughout the day, and your metabolism with stay elevated too. Exercise also helps your mind by releasing those ‘feel good chemicals’ that improve your mood.”

Eat a Healthy Diet

I wrote an article in May titled “What’s In the Food?” where I exposed the horrible things that food producers put in our foods; read it [HERE]! But the terrible offenders: hydrogenated oils, high fructose syrup, aspartame, MSG, artificial colors/flavors, white sugar, salt/sodium and olestra are serious killers. They drain your energy, kill your mood, make you sick, depress you, and skew your concentration. Nicole recommends that you “Try to incorporate more complex carbohydrates (whole wheat breads, brown rice, veggies, fruit) and get your daily 8 cups of water. These healthy foods provide your body (and mind) with nutrients, and stabilize your blood sugar and your energy levels.”

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