Bea’s Wellness Project – Day 2 – 1/7/15
Bea gets S.A.D. every year. It usually starts early in November, when the days dim their lights sooner, and nights seem endless. The summer sun becomes a distant memory. S.A.D., of course, is Seasonal Affective Disorder, and many of us are affected by it during these dreary winter months.
This year, however, instead of wallowing in her misery, Bea has made a serious effort to combat this winter depression. This effort lifted her spirits and made a big difference in her outlook.
Do you battle S.A.D. during the winter months? Here’s how Bea fights back:
- Walking outside whenever possible to breathe in the fresh air. Even just 10 minutes can be invigorating.
- When it’s just too cold out there, she does aerobic exercise or strength training with fitness DVDs in her living room.
- Drinking water regularly to fight off lethargy and avoiding sugary foods and simple carbs.
- Being productive really helps her feel better – cleaning the house can be satisfying. De-cluttering her home office space is another activity that, believe it or not, enhances her serenity.
- Starting a long-overdue project for those dark winter nights.
- Making an effort to be social: calling a friend on the phone, planning a night out with the “girls.” This year, she joined an online book club; then went to the movies with some of her new reading buddies.
- Bea needs a good night’s sleep to stave off depression, and this has become more difficult as she’s aged. To help enhance her sleep quality, she gets off the computer at least an hour before bedtime. She’ll get comfy on an easy chair, put on her earphones and listen to meditation music while reading a good book. This helps her unwind from her day.
If these ideas don’t work for you, check out some additional tips from health experts: