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Fighting the Winter Blues

Winter is in full swing, and for some, this seems like the longest season of all.  With the cold days still coming, there are times you may feel a little bluer than other.  Just because summer is still far off does not mean you can not enjoy these colder days.  Here are a few things you can do in order to better enjoy the winter months.

Exercise: No matter how bad you want to veg out on the couch, it is important to keep moving.  Even if the gym is not your place to be, a short walk or some jumping jacks are enough to give that extra kick to get through the season.

Eat Right: The food you eat can greatly affect the mood you are in.  Sugary and fatty foods will leave you feel low in the long run.  Sticking to foods like nuts, beans, vegetables, and grains is essential in helping your body to create serotonin, which helps in controlling depressive feeling.

Be Bright:  This may be the perfect time to paint those walls.  Surround yourself with bright colors whether it is in a fresh coat of paint, new housing décor, or your wardrobe.  The vivid colors with brighten your mood and also allow for sunlight to reflect off of them.

Treat Yourself: It is never a bad idea to spoil yourself a little with a spa day or massage.  Not only will you be feel relaxed, but it will also help in producing more serotonin in brain. The treat will have you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the next day.

The winter months don’t have to be a struggle.  Keep these things in mind as you push through the end of the season.  If your winter blues becomes more severe, we at The Kim Foundation advise you seek help in order help get to the root of your depression.