Beating the Winter Blues

By Chloe Trofatter

Daylight Savings Time started this weekend. The colder weather along with the now even earlier night falls reminds me of a phenomenon that seems to affect everybody: Seasonal Depression.

Every winter, I watch as my motivation falls and my number of naps per day rises. The usually dark skies and gloomy weather keep me feeling down. I’ve come to learn that this is a common thing for a lot of people. But, like all things, there are ways to keep the Winter Blues at bay.

  1. Soak in the Sun. As little sunlight as there is in the winter, you have to take advantage of what you can get. Take a walk when the sun is at its highest, usually around noon, and reduce the amount of artificial light you use during the day. You can do this by keeping your blinds open as much as possible.
  2. Stock Up on Vitamin D. Continuing my first point, extra sun exposure isn’t always enough for your Vitamin D intake. A lack of Vitamin D can leave room for a number of sicknesses and diseases. Keeping your Vitamin D levels up will help prevent these illnesses and make you feel better emotionally as well!
  3. Stay Active. Staying active is good for you any time of the year, and in the winter it is especially important. Getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity 3 times a week is recommended.
  4. Stick to a Schedule. I don’t know about you, but the early nightfall sucks any and all productivity right out of me. Keeping yourself on a schedule and getting the right amount of sleep each night, 7-9 hours, can help keep your body going.

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