Battling the winter blues is about to get a whole lot easier.

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Winter is in full force. As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, even the best of us can get a little down. The “winter blues” are characterized by the mild depression, lack of motivation, and low energy that many people experience during this cold season. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to both prevent the blues from coming on and get yourself back to normal if they’re already here”

1.) Nature’s feel good factor

Studies show that environments such as the mountains, beaches, and streams of water increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to reduce depression, relieve stress, and boost energy through negative ions. Negative ions are odorless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in these kinds of environments. So head to the nearest mountain or beach, and breathe deeply.

2.) Exercise

Exercise isn’t only for staying trim. The effects of working out can last hours after you hit the gym. It gives you more energy throughout the entire day, and encourages an elevated metabolism. Exercising aids your mind in releasing those “feel good chemicals” that improve your mood.

3. Avoid those holiday treats.

As enjoyable as those holiday treats seem they may be a contributing factor to those winter blues. Refined and processed foods drain your energy and negatively affect your mood which can contribute to depression, mood swings, and lack of concentration.

h/t sparkepeople.com

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