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How to Beat the Blues this Winter

How to Beat the Blues this Winter

In this two-minute read, we look at how to ward off
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

you struggling with the dark days and long nights that kick in at this time of
year? Don’t worry – you’re not alone.

of Brits experience a dip in mood during the colder, greyer months, often
referred to as the ‘Winter Blues’.

Some go
on to develop Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – a type of winter depression
that seriously impacts everyday life.

include lethargy, mood swings, oversleeping, and appetite changes (especially a
craving for carbs).

are five ways to fight off the blues over the coming months.

Bask in the light

As SAD is closely linked to a lack of
exposure to sunlight, make sure you spend time outdoors every day (especially
when the sun is out). Maximise the light in your home and workplace by opening
curtains and blinds during the day.

Eat well

Avoid calorie-laden carbs – they’ll make
you want to snooze on the sofa. Instead, eat oily fish, eggs, mushrooms, and
red meat as they contain Vitamin D, a nutrient we usually get from exposure to
the sun.


Exercise produces feel-good
endorphins and improves your sleep. Enlist a friend to be your winter exercise
buddy to keep you motivated.

Live like a Scandi

Embrace the Nordic concept of
Friluftsliv, which means ‘outdoor living’. This involves exercising and socialising
outside in the colder months. If you have outdoor space at your home, install a
fire pit, chiminea or outdoor heating, and fairy lights or lanterns. Then
invite some friends over for an alfresco tipple.

Take the plunge

If you’re feeling brave, why not try
cold water swimming? Researchers believe it can boost your mood, sleep, and
circulation. Coldwater newbies should take things slowly and always swim with
someone else and in a safe location.

if you’re still struggling

be afraid or embarrassed to speak to your GP if you feel like things are
getting on top of you. They may suggest getting a light box (a special lamp
that emits bright light), counselling, or prescribe medication.

From all of us here at CWB Property,
take care of yourself and thanks for reading.