It’s cold…damp…and gray…

Not here in South Florida (lol), but TRUST ME…I’m Ohio born and raised, so I know what it’s like to deal with the dingy, depressing landscape, the constant chills, and those “weather-dependent moods”.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as SAD) is REAL.

And, I know a lot of my northern state friends and family are putting up with Mother Nature’s change in heart, this morning. So, if your feeling a bit blue today due to the weather (it is supposed to be SPRING, right?!) give these tips a try:

1) Stretch or do yoga first thing in the morning. I know moving is THE LAST thing you want to do on a chilly, damp morning, but the movement will boost your blood flow, give you some warmth, and keep you from feeling lethargic. It will also help reduce that pain and stiffness that comes with cold and precipitation – the drop in atmospheric pressure moves bodily fluids from blood vessels to tissues, which can put excess pressure on nerves and joints. So, get moving!

2) Drink a lot of water (especially in the morning). Many people are perpetually dehydrated. Dehydration causes fatigue and lower energy levels. Drink a large glass of water when you first wake up, and aim to drink about 1 gallon of water throughout the day (you can do it, promise).

3) Eat carbs. The better kind of carbs, though! Avoid the sugary, heavy processed foods and reach for complex carbs, which help maintain serotonin levels (a neurotransmitter that regulates your mood). Try sweet potatoes, quinoa, or a warm bowl of chili.

4) Get some fresh air. I know going outside sounds less-than-appealing, but getting the little bit of sunlight that you can soak up will really help. Getting out in nature is also a proven anti-depressant. Take a quick walk or jog outside, even if for only 10 minutes. The light aerobic exercise will help, too!

5) Talk it out. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (an important coaching technique) has shown to be effective in reducing “Seasonal Affective Disorder” symptoms. Negative cognition associated with the weather and cold are identified and challenged, and the effects are astounding, resulting in less depressive symptoms in both regular depression and seasonal depression disorders.

Do you have any additional tips to beating the weather blues? Let me know (and help others, too!) by sharing in the comments below!

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