4 years in college enduring brutal winter with short days in Boston first tipped me off to my struggle with depression. For many it’s simply a seasonal depression or “low-grade sadness” as its defined by medical professionals. Regardless, we all tend to turn to comfort foods and get a little “fluffy” during the shorter days and long winter months.
Here are a few tips I have learned that help in not only combating the cravings, but also the overall feelings of depression and sadness.
Increase your SUN exposure!
“A lack of sunshine and vitamin D is linked to depression and fatigue.” -nutritionist Sophie Anson. It sounds like such a simple fix, and it’s certainly not a cure-all, but if a bit of sunshine can make a difference, why not try, huh?
Now, obviously it’s harder to get out and soak up the sun’s Vitamin D when the ground is covered in ice and snow. However, you can take Vitamin D drops and supplements, or do what I did last week and soak it up while sitting in the car. 😉
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