Daylight Savings during this time of year provides us with an extra hour of sleep, but it also results in the world being dark by 5 PM. The worst part is it means winter is fast approaching. And those cons can often lead to tiredness, lack of motivation, and those dreary Winter Blues.

According to the New York Daily News, “A lot of people with the seasonal change and having less exposure to daylight can have more symptoms of depression. People might be more irritable. They’re feeling less energy and just feeling more down, like the winter blues,” says Dr. Shelby Harris, Director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.

So as the nights draw in some of us hit a post-summer slump, but these mood boosters should help you cruise through the season with a smile! Check them out:

1. Be a Morning Person
Wake up earlier to get that extra dose of sunlight. Winter days are shorter and darker than other months, and because of the cold weather, a lot of people spend less and less time outdoors. Lack of sunlight can cause many people to become depressed. Try to spend a little more time outdoors or keep your shades up during the day to let more light in.

2. Work Out
As if we needed another reason to get fit! Exercise isn’t only for maintaining your weight and staying healthy. It’s great for relieving stress in your life. You’ll have more energy throughout the day, and your metabolism with stay elevated too. Exercise also helps your mind by releasing those “feel good chemicals” that improve your mood.

3. Find Time to Laugh
For those days that you just need a good laugh, kick up your feet and watch some funny sitcoms or movies. Sometimes an episode of The Office is all I need to give me a boost of energy. Haven’t you heard of the saying “Laughter is the Best Medicine?” Well it’s true. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts your energy, and enhances your mood. Best  of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.

4. Set Goals to stay motivated
To help you stay motivated during the cold and dreary months, set personal goals that make you the happiest. Finish a book you’ve been dying to read. Take on a new hobby. Focus on getting your home organized and deep cleaned. Reward yourself when you’ve completed that goal, then gradually set bigger ones.

5. Take a Trip
Sometimes changing the scenery is all you need to cure your winter blues. Now you don’t have to take a trip to the Dominican to boost your mood, unless you have the funds to do so. Try taking a trip to a different city or discover new places. This may be the trick to help you feel inspired and focused.

6. Get Your Dose Vitamin D
Be sure to take your daily dose of happy energy! Getting the proper amount of Vitamin D and multivitamins to help ensure that you feel your best each day!

The late fall and winter months can be just as fun and uplifting as the warmer months- it might just take a little extra work and motivation.

Until Next Time,

Jessica. M

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